Statement on Britain’s exit withdrawal from the EU.
I campaigned to remain in the EU. However, I accept that the British people voted in a referendum to leave the EU.
Turnout was larger than at any election since 1992 and no Prime Minister or party in British history has ever received as many votes as the vote to leave did. The Government has a duty to deliver the referendum result and it will do so in the national interest.
The vote to leave the EU was not a rejection of European values. We are leaving the EU but we are not leaving Europe. The Government will always work with our international partners to defend democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
The UK and the EU have reached agreement on the first phase of negotiations on citizens’ rights, Northern Ireland and the financial settlement. Agreement has also been reached on the implementation period, which means that talks are now focusing on the UK and the EU’s future relationship.
The Prime Minister has been clear that there must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it, and no second referendum. We will leave the EU in March next year and our membership of the single market and customs union will end at this point. An implementation period will allow businesses time to adjust but it will be strictly time-limited.