|Theresa May: UK cannot keep 'bits' of EU membership|
The UK cannot expect to hold on to "bits" of its membership after leaving the EU, Theresa May has said.
The prime minister's comment came after she was asked whether she would "prioritise" controlling immigration over staying in the single market.
She told Sky News her approach was not "muddled", following criticism by the UK's former EU ambassador.
Mrs May, whose critics have demanded more detail of her aims, promised to provide this in "the coming weeks".
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But Labour urged the prime minister to provide "more clarity" ahead of the "most important negotiations for a generation".
Brexit talks with the EU are expected to begin as early as April.
There has been much debate in recent weeks about the nature of the deal the government is aiming for, in particular whether controls on the movement of EU citizens will mean the UK leaves the European single market and customs union.
Sir Ivan Rogers, who resigned as the UK's ambassador to the EU last week, criticised "muddled thinking" among ministers.
But Mrs May told Sky News's Sophy Ridge on Sunday: "Anybody who looks at this question of free movement and trade as a sort of zero-sum game is approaching it in the wrong way.
"I'm ambitious for what we can get for the UK in terms of our relationship with the European Union because I also think that's going to be good for the European Union. Our thinking on this isn't muddled at all."