>> Today, the government published its white paper on Britain's plan to leave the European Union. I'm William James, Reuters political correspondent in Westminster, where lawmakers from all parties will be picking over the document to find out what if anything is new. This paper is very closely structured around Theresa May's speech that she gave last month at Lancaster House, which set out her negotiating priorities for Britain's Brexit talks with the EU.
Whilst we don't have great swathes of new detail in this paper, what we do have is a few hints here and there about how the government is going to handle some of the key issues. One of those is immigration, and on immigration, it says we haven't made up our minds.
We don't know how we want to control immigration, but we know we want to control it. Actually, the new detail is that any immigration controls may come in on a phased basis. So the shutters won't come down in 2019 once Britain secures its exit from the EU. This is a paper that's aimed at keeping the people within Theresa May's party who want to stay in the European Union happy.
It's not aimed at the Brexiteers, for once, they're actually happy with what the government's doing. This is aimed at setting out more details, so that pro-EU lawmakers in the Conservative Party stay on board, they back the government, and they keep that legislation that's necessary to trigger Article 50 flowing through Parliament.
One of the key elements that this paper seeks to address, and that Theresa May's plan last month sought to address, is what trading arrangements Britain will have in the EU. In this paper, we learn that the UK wants to replicate parts of the arrangement that it already has, parts of the single market, it wants to keep those details the same once Britain leaves the EU.
It doesn't go into specific sectors but what we suspect is it will be a sector by sector deal to replicate single market conditions for Britain when it trades with the EU.