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UK Not to Seek 'Half-in, Half-Out' EU Membership in Brexit Talks - Theresa May

© REUTERS / Francois LenoirBritain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium December 15, 2016.
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium December 15, 2016. - Sputnik International
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UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to say in her speech on Tuesday that London will not seek "partial" EU membership after leaving the bloc.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The speech, which is set to outline May’s negotiating strategy for Brexit talks with the European Union, comes after months of criticism leveled at the British government for being unclear about what Brexit will mean for the nation when it triggers the exit clause by the end of March.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Number 10 Downing Street to attend Prime Minister's Questions at parliament in London, Britain October 19, 2016. - Sputnik International
UK PM May to Give Speech on London's Brexit Negotiations Strategy Tuesday

"We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave," May will say in her speech, as quoted by the BBC.

The minister will urge for an equal partnership with the bloc instead of a "partial membership," "associate membership," or "anything that leaves us half-in, half-out."

Earlier in January, the UK ambassador to the European Union, Ivan Rogers, unexpectedly resigned and warned those involved in the negotiations over "muddled thinking."

The UK-EU negotiating process is scheduled to last for two years. An informal EU meeting is set for February 3 in Malta, where 27 EU leaders will discuss Brexit without the UK participation.

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