Boris Johnson '˜confident' about deal over single market

FOREIGN Secretary Boris Johnson has said he is confident Britain will be able to strike a deal with the European Union that allows UK firms access to the single market in return for some free movement of labour.

Boris Johnson is confident about striking a deal over access to the single market. Picture: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

Mr Johnson, in New York for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, was quoted by the BBC as saying he had “absolutely no doubt that a balance can be struck” between access to the single market and free movement of labour.

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Concerns about unrestricted immigration from the EU were widely seen to have been responsible for the vote to leave in last month’s referendum.

However European leaders like French President Francois Hollande have repeatedly insisted that Britain must accept the continued free movement of labour if it wants to retain access to the free market.

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