British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to indicate her willingness to accept a "hard" Brexit outside the EU single market when she makes a key speech on her negotiating plans on Tuesday.
May is expected to say she is prepared to leave the single market to allow Britain to control the migration of EU citizens, according to media reports and political analysis ahead of the speech.
She is expected to answer critics who have accused her of failing to clarify her negotiating strategy or commit her government on the crucial issues of migration and market access.The Times said May's speech would "make clear that the UK is set to pull out of the single market and the European customs union in order to regain control of immigration and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice."
But the newspaper warned that "May's hard Brexit stance will put her on a collision course" with pro-EU lawmakers from her ruling Conservative party.May has said she plans to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which sets the rules for a two-year negotiating process for a nation leaving the EU, by the end of March.
The Supreme Court, Britain's highest court, is scheduled to issue its decision this month on the government's appeal against a High Court ruling that May must consult parliament before triggering Article 50.