What was the Lancaster House speech?

The Lancaster House speech, delivered on 17 January 2017 in London, set out Theresa May’s ‘Plan for Britain’ – which were her key priorities in the Brexit negotiations. The speech ruled out membership of the single market and full membership of the customs union, while promising to negotiate towards the ‘freest possible trade’ with European countries after leaving the EU. The speech also set out the priority of controlling migration after Brexit, and Theresa May argued that “no deal is better than a bad deal”.

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