Hard Brexit Group Demands Free Trade Deal between UK-EU

LONDON – A group supporting the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and its single market on Wednesday demanded a free trade deal between the country and the bloc.

The “Leave Means Leave” group wrote to the chambers of commerce of the 27 EU member states asking them to influence their governments on securing a deal in the Brexit negotiations.

“It is vital these business leaders make representations to their national governments to ensure the EU is open for business,” read the letter, which was drafted by LML co-chairs Richard Tice and John Longworth, the former director of the British chamber of commerce.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she intends to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would trigger the exit process, by the end of March 2017.

Until then, different sides have been fighting for varying degrees of Brexit.

Many supporters of a “soft Brexit” want the UK to remain in the single market and allow for some free movement of people, while most “hard Brexiters” want to leave the EU single market and trade with the bloc like they would with any other country, as well as stop the free movement of people.

Leave Means Leave support a hard Brexit and wish to leave the single market, but make trade deals within the EU as they would with any other member of the World Trade Organization.

“Businesses across Europe will want trade with the UK to continue as usual after Brexit and any hint of trade barriers by the European Commission will be rejected,” read the LML letter.

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