Responding to the Prime Minister's Mansion House speech today, Conservative MEPs' leader Ashley Fox said:

“The Prime Minister has today clearly laid out the UK’s position, adding significant detail to her previous speeches in Lancaster House and Florence.

 “The EU can be in no doubt. We intend to honour the referendum result by regaining the ability to control our borders, laws and money while negotiating the world’s most ambitious free trade deal under which the UK and our European partners can prosper.

“To maximise the opportunities both sides must work together constructively. There are no off the peg answers to many of the issues we face but there can be imaginative, bespoke solutions. We are committed to finding them. I hope the EU is too. 

“We have the opportunity to go beyond any precedent. It is time for the EU to put jobs, security and people first and join us in positive talks.”