Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 9.31am GMT The UK will leave the EU at the end of next week and this morning Sajid Javid, the chancellor, is attending his last Ecofin, the regular meeting for EU finance ministers, as a member. In a clip for broadcasters on his way, he was asked about the row generated by his interview with the Financial Times (paywall) at the weekend in which he insisted that that the UK would not stay aligned to EU rules after Brexit. He made two main points.We have been very clear now for many months, and of course in our recent election as well, as we leave the EU we will not be in the single market, we will not be in the customs union, and we will not be rule takers. At the same time, of course, we want a deep, comprehensive free trade agreement, and that’s what we are working on.No, not at all. We look forward with confidence as we strike that new free trade agreement with our European friends, as we strike new free trade agreements across the world, it will be a very important time for British business. And I can see a British economy that continues to go from strength to [email protected] asks @sajidjavid if he is prepared to sacrifice some UK manufacturers over #brexit: “Not at all…I can see a British economy which continues to go from strength to strength”, he replies pic.twitter.com/3VScFAQqHj Continue reading…
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Author : Andrew Sparrow
Publish date : 2020-01-21 09:34:59
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