European Union must be binding, the chairman
of Britain's ruling Conservative Party said on
Sunday, and Article 50, which formally starts
the exit process from the bloc, would be
triggered before the next election.
Patrick McLoughlin, who was made party
chairman by new Prime Minister Theresa May
last week, told the BBC's Marr Show that the
vote for Brexit meant Britain must now get
control of its own borders and that
immigration must be reduced.
Asked about a report in the Observer
newspaper that an "emergency brake" on the
free movement of people was being discussed,
which would allow Britain to keep access to
the European single market, McLoughlin said:
"let us see."
"I'm quite clear that the referendum result is
binding on parliament," he said.
The BBC reported on Saturday that days
before the June 23 EU referendum, then-Prime
Minister David Cameron telephoned German
Chancellor Angela Merkel to appeal for
concessions on the free movement of people,
though the idea was eventually shelved.