I agree that certainty is needed. Certainty is what provides stability.
Most of what Theresa May has outlined will not come as a surprise to many. Many of us have spent too long musing over the process and landscape post Brexit.
What this speech provides, however, is an open indication as to the intentions of the Government in the forthcoming negotiations for post Brexit UK.
It is hoped that the Government succeed in pursuing a "bold and ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union" which will "take in elements of current single market arrangements in certain areas – on the export of cars and lorries for example, or the freedom to provide financial services across national borders – as it makes no sense to start again from scratch when Britain and the remaining Member States have adhered to the same rules for so many years."
If this is the case, then potentially the landscape for businesses will not be dramatically different from what it is today.
Only time will tell. The forthcoming months will be interesting.
The first objective is crucial. We will provide certainty wherever we can. But I recognise how important it is to provide business, the public sector, and everybody with as much certainty as possible as we move through the process. Certainty wherever possible. Control of our own laws. Strengthening the United Kingdom. Maintaining the Common Travel Area with Ireland. Control of immigration. Rights for EU nationals in Britain, and British nationals in the EU. Enhancing rights for workers. Free trade with European markets. New trade agreements with other countries. A leading role in science and innovation. Co-operation on crime, terrorism and foreign affairs. And a phased approach, delivering a smooth and orderly Brexit. This is the framework of a deal that will herald a new partnership between the UK and the EU.