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The European Liberal Youth (LYMEC) condemns rumors about EU plans to allow the United Kingdom exemptions from the freedom of movement of people while retaining full access to the single market.

LYMEC president Sissel Kvist states: “The British people voted to leave the Union, and though the campaign was emotion rather than fact based, the UK and the EU have to deal with this decision. But for the sake of the future of the European Union cherry picking cannot be an option, neither to keep a state in nor to soften the way out. The EU already buckled before populist demands when it accepted a deal with Cameron that would have limited main achievements of the EU, which was bad enough giving a single member state special treatment. To grant the UK even more exemptions now, after the Leave vote, is a disgrace to the process of the European integration and everything we have struggled to achieve since the Union was founded”

For the sake of the future of the European Union cherry picking cannot be an option, neither to keep a state in nor to soften the way out.

Kvist calls for rational negotiations that respect the principles of the European Union:  “While we believe it is important that the UK remains in the single market we believe this shouldn’t happen at all costs. We call for the negotiators to draft a fair deal, respecting the fundamental principles of the European Union.”

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