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Juncker: Brexit Britain can't be in 'parts of single market'

AFP  |  Strasbourg (France) 

on Wednesday undermined a key part of Britain's plan to quit the bloc, warning that cannot expect to remain in parts of the single market.

In an address to the European Parliament, said he respects Britain's decision to leave.

"But we also ask the British to understand that someone who leaves the union can not be in the same privileged position as a member state," warned the of the EU's arm.

"If you leave the union you are of course not part of our single market and certainly not only in parts of it," he said, to a round of applause from the lawmakers in

Theresa May's so-called Chequers plan for would see retain access to the market for trade in goods under a "common rulebook" with the remaining members.

But European negotiators say membership of the single market is indivisible from accepting EU regulations, meaning would have to negotiate a trade deal as an outsider.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 16:00 IST