December 20, 2016 / 3:08 PM / 7 months ago

Britain can't pick bits of EU membership, needs new relationship - PM May

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium December 15, 2016.Yves Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that Britain must forge a brand new relationship with the European Union, rather than trying to choose parts of its current membership it would like to keep.

"What we need to say is 'we're currently members of the EU, we are going to leave the European Union and we need to negotiate a new relationship with the European Union,'" May told lawmakers.

"It isn't (about) trying to replicate bits of membership, it's about saying what is our new relationship."

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, additional reporting by Camilla Hodgson, writing by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison

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