The British government has no intention of easing Brexit to get closer to the European Union, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak assured on Monday (November 21), a day after press reports suggested London could seek to strengthen its ties with the European Union.
“Let me be clear about this (…) Britain will not seek any relationship with Europe based on alignment with EU lawsRishi Sunak told a conference of the country’s main employers’ organisation.
“I voted for Brexit. I believe and know that Brexit can and does provide significant benefits and opportunities for the country“, he added, citing Britain’s resumption of immigration controls after leaving the EU, or trade deals signed with other countries.
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This defense of Brexit comes a day after press reports that London will seek to strengthen its ties with Brussels, three years after leaving the EU. According to Sunday Times“government officials plan to put Britain on the path to a relationship similar to Switzerland’s with the EU“. An initiative that would bedesigned to strengthen economic tieswith the European Union.
On Sunday, a government spokesman had already rejected such a plan, calling the article “categorically false“. On Monday, Secretary of State for Immigration Robert Jenrick also insisted that Britain now has “a well-defined positionon its relations with Brussels, with the EU exit agreement reached in 2019.
Under the deal, the UK left the single market, although trade remains largely tariff-free, ended free movement and no longer contributes financially to the EU. “These core principles are the ones that will guide our relationships in the future.said Mr. Jenrick further sky news.
Comments by Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt last week, who said he wanted to see the “vast majority” of tariff barriers between his country and the EU abolished, also raised questions about the government’s intentions among Eurosceptic Conservatives.
The current economic and financial difficulties in the UK are leading to increasing criticism of the effects of Brexit, with the body responsible for economic forecasting (OBR) last week assessing that Brexit had had “a significant negative impacton the country’s trade. According to a YouGov poll, 56% of Britons now think Brexit was a mistake.
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