Stephen has warned that Theresa May needs to make some compromise on the free movement of people from Europe to the UK as Article 50 is triggered. He also warned the Prime Minister that such a compromise is needed in order to retain “barrier free access” to the EU market.

Stephen said: “The political reality is from talking to MPs in Germany and other countries is that barrier-free access to the market involves some compromise. We will need to recognise that European citizens do have a stronger place for coming into the UK than people coming from outside the European Union. What I haven’t yet seen is the prime minister recognise that she will need to make that offer.

He added that leaving the EU will result in “...economic prices that we are all going to have to pay” and protecting jobs was a priority.

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AuthorStephen Timms