A year ago today, the country voted to take back control and to chart a new destiny beyond the European Union. It was a momentous decision and one which I am convinced is in the best interests of our United Kingdom.
We are now leaving; the false distinction between a so-called 'hard' and 'soft' Brexit does not exist. The UK either leaves the EU and its institutions or remains a full member. Membership of the EU's single market means accepting its four freedoms: the movement of goods, services, capital and people.
Instead, by leaving the single market, we will once again be in charge of our own trade policy, making deals freely around the world, rather than with just the small fraction who live within the EU protectionist bloc. We will also get a handle on UK net migration and ensure we welcome the best and the brightest global talent.
We are in such a strong position to make the most of this opportunity. We are one of the world's largest economies, with great natural advantages including our language, legal system, the fantastic City of London, and our great trading history and creative and engineering talents. Nearly eighty per cent of the world’s GDP lies outside the EU and, in marked contrast to the EU, much of it is growing strongly.
We are embracing that opportunity, ensuring our future prosperity, and the Prime Minister has been absolutely clear that we will fulfil the democratic mandate of the British people and make a success of Brexit.