John Redwood: “We don’t surrender our money; we don’t surrender our borders, we don’t surrender our laws”

Last week we had the 5th round of negotiations between the EU and UK. David Frost UK’s chief negotiator went to Brussels for face to face meetings. It was the first time they met since the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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The negotiations were short-lived as three days into the talks; the towel was thrown in. David frost said: “The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.”

With this, Brexiteer John Redwood was speaking at the Conservative Bruges Group where he stated that the UK would ultimately be “better off” without a formal agreement in place before we exited the transition period at the end of this year.
The Brexiteer said: “I am delighted the Government has made clear to the European Union we are finally going to shake off the coil of EU regulations and courts at the end of the year, with or without a free trade deal.
“The only way you’re likely to get a free trade deal off them is not to give any ground at all.
“As soon as you start to give ground, the EU will dig in as they’ve done over the past four years and just expect us to make more and more surrenders.
“We don’t surrender our money; we don’t surrender our borders, we don’t surrender our laws, we don’t put ourselves back under the jurisdiction of their court after we’ve properly left and we don’t give away our fish.”
Mr Michel BARNIER, Brexit EU Chief Negotiator. Copyright: European Union Event: Special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50)
The Conservative MP continued: “Our offer of a free trade deal is a generous and sensible one, it’s in their interests to take it up, but if they’re playing politics rather than thinking about economics, they may choose not to.
“Immediately, we should make our own dispositions, and I think we can be better off not worse off.”
People close to the negotiations stated that the two sides are working towards a barebones deal to eliminate tariffs and quotas so the EU and UK can continue to deal with each other after the transition period deadline.
The UK is set to leave the transition phase on the 31st Dec 2020.

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