Andrew Fisher, who is a former Corbyn adviser, told the BBC that Britain’s influence in the world is “minute”. Speaking on the post-Brexit trade deals, Mr Fisher rebuked Tory Brexiteer Steve Baker, who had earlier suggested that Britain could easily conduct parallel trade talks with the EU, the US and Japan this year. The Labour adviser, who also served as the party’s policy director between 2016 and 2019, said that the UK had to recognise that they will “never be a sovereign independent nation”.
He said that the UK had a “very small” trading power in the world, and the country had to join together with either the US or EU to compete.
Mr Fisher said: “You have got to pick a side. Britain is never going to be this sovereign independent nation.
“We are a medium to large size nation but in terms of trading power, we are small.
“Independently we will be minute. You either need to align with US standards or EU standards.”
Mr Fisher continued: “There is no halfway house. You either trade with the EU predominately and you meet their standards or you don’t get to trade with them.
“It is quite simple. This risk of downgrading environmental standards and animal welfare is real and we could be doing British farmers out of jobs.”
Labour MP Anneliese Dodds backed this, adding: “Most of our trade is currently with the EU, so we need to prioritise that in terms of jobs.”
However, Brexiteer Steve Baker hit back at this assessment, saying: “We have to explode this myth that you have to follow one set of standards or the other, it’s a complete myth.
“The UK will be an independent country, setting its own standards as it sees fit and with the consent of Parliament and the public.
“Instead of having an endless conversation about the extent to which we’re going to automatically accept EU law, we change the dynamic, negotiate with the USA from the 3rd February and do it in parallel with the European Union.”
This comes after US source told the Sunday Express that Boris Johnson could visit the US just days after Brexit on January 31 to speed up talks on trade.
Mr Johnson could be given the honour of addressing both Houses of Congress as “a sign of the renewed relationship”.
He may also appear as a guest of honour for President Trump’s State of the Union address on February 4.
The sources also suggested that Donald Trump could be ready to sign an interim trade deal by the summer, ahead of his re-election campaign.
A recent Express.co.uk poll showed that our readers overwhelmingly wanted the UK to sign a trade deal with the US first.
Out of 6,602 votes, 4,287 voted for the US while in second, 911 voted for Australia followed by 544 for the EU.