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    UK Won't Get Access to Single Market Without Respecting Freedom of Movement

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    he United Kingdom will not have access to the European single market after Brexit if it does not respect freedom of movement, French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The European single market implies free movement of goods, services, capital and people. The European Economic Area (EEA), which is a framework for the European single market, includes three non-EU countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

    "The United Kingdom will not have access to the internal market if the free movement principles are not respected," Hollande said after talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin, as quoted by Le Soir newspaper.

     Hollande is going to ask UK Prime Minister Theresa May about why her government has put off starting negotiations on the British exit from the European Union.

    "I will meet Theresa May tonight. That will be the opportunity to hear the arguments. What is the interest of delaying? I would like justifications," Hollande said after talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in Dublin, as quoted by the BBC.

    On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit, while about 16.1 million opposed it.

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