Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has confirmed what UKIP has been saying all along: to remain in the Single Market we would have to keep open borders and unlimited mass immigration from the EU.
He said that, "The Single Market and its four freedoms are indivisible. Cherry-picking is not an option."
Gerard Batten MEP, the UKIP Brexit spokesman responded, “This confirms what the then Prime Minister, David Cameron said in June, “the British public would be voting, if we Leave, to leave the EU and leave the Single Market”.
“We in UKIP had made it plain during the Referendum that to control our borders and immigration we would have to leave the Single Market. But in doing so, like every other non-EU country in the world, we would retain access to the Single Market under WTO rules.
He continued, “What part of ‘leave the Single Market’ don’t the Remainers understand? It is always good to be able to agree with one’s political opponents, and Monsieur Barnier has made it plain that there is no point in long protracted negotiations with the EU that will achieve nothing. We have to leave as quickly as possible!
"David Cameron said on 12th June that, “the British public would be voting, if we Leave, to leave the EU and leave the Single Market”.
"Chair of the Vote Leave campaign, Michael Gove, told the British people that, “we should be outside the Single Market” on 8th May. And George Osborne on behalf of the Remain campaign repeated the same.
"Remaining in the Single Market would mean accepting free movement of people, making large contributions to the EU budget and still being under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
"That is not what the British people voted for."