EU will crumble under “time pressure” as the UK negotiates with both the EU and US for separate trade deals.
Today, in an interview, Ms Truss made it clear that the UK government will not be extending trade talks past the deadline.
Dan Wootton said: “Gove told MPs this week that EU negotiators are not treating the UK in the manner they would treat other independent countries.
“He said the pandemic should concentrate minds. Why don’t we say, let’s do the no-deal Brexit?
“If they are not going to treat us fairly, why are we even continuing these talks?”
Ms Truss responded: “The best outcome for us is to get a free trade agreement with the EU, similar to ones they have signed up with Canada and Japan.
“It is true that the crisis should make people clear that trade is a good thing that having tariff-free trade is what we all want out of this situation.
“I am confident the EU will see sense and work with us to achieve that. It is right we don’t extend the deadline. It is time pressure that will force things to happen.
On trade talks that start tomorrow over videoconference with the US, Ms Truss said: “The US President and our PM are extremely committed to a free trade agreement.
“We are in discussions at the moment on a virtual basis – in a similar way that the EU discussions are talking place.
‘The talks had to be paused babies of the grave situation we were all facing, but we are looking at how we can get those talks restarted on a virtual basis
“We have committed to those talks taking place in parallel with the talks with the EU.
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