UK intimates EU that it wouldn’t give in, regarding Brexit negotiations
LONDON (UK) – Britain will not give in, in Brexit trade negotiations, when it comes to the European Union and is not afraid of a no-deal exit, the country’s top Brexit negotiator warned the bloc on Sunday.
Britain withdrew from the EU on January 31 but talks have so far made little progress when it comes to agreeing a new trade deal with the bloc.
Negotiator David Frost told, “We came in after a government and negotiating team that had blinked and had its bluff called at critical moments and the EU had learned not to take our word seriously,” on Sunday.
“So a lot of what we are trying to do this year is to get them to realise that we mean what we say and they should take our position seriously.”
Talks are due to be started again in London on Tuesday. However, Britain’s consistent stand that the state aid has its full autonomy and its demands over fishing, has delayed it.
Britain says the EU is making slow progress, with regard to talks and is not able to fully accept that it is now an independent country.
Frost said, “We are not going to be a client state. We are not going to compromise on the fundamentals of having control over our own laws. We are not going to accept level playing field provisions that lock us in to the way the EU do things.”
“That’s what being an independent country is about, that’s what the British people voted for and that’s what will happen at the end of the year, come what may,” Frost said.
He said preparations are being taken for a likely exit without a trade deal.
He added, “I don’t think that we are scared of this at all. “If we can reach an agreement that regulates trade like Canada’s, great. If we can’t, it will be an Australian-like trading agreement and we are fully ready for that.”