A legal challenge to the government over whether Britain’s exit from the European Union will automatically take it out of the single market will be heard in court next week, the group that initiated the action said on Tuesday.
It is one of several legal battles over how Britain should go about quitting the EU and trading with it afterwards – a conundrum requiring a trade-off between Brexit voters’ desire for immigration controls and the economic need for good trading terms with the bloc.
The government argues that Britain’s exit from the EU, known as Brexit, will also end its membership of the European Economic Area (EEA), which provides access to the single market and its free movement of goods, capital, services and people.
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