Boris Johnson is to set out his vision for a trade deal with the European Union, saying there is “no need” for the UK to follow Brussels’ rules.The prime minister will use a speech in London later to call for a Canada-style free trade agreement – and threaten to walk away if one cannot be struck.”There is no need for a free trade agreement to involve accepting EU rules,” he will say.But the Irish PM said the UK needed to agree to a level playing field.Leo Varadkar told the BBC on Sunday a Canada-style deal with the UK is possible – but that “Canada isn’t the UK” and there is a need for common rules and standards.President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has said negotiations will be “hard and fair and fast” but that the closer the UK wants to be to the bloc, the more of its common rules it will have to abide by.EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier will also set out his approach to the talks on Monday.’Britain will prosper’Mr Johnson will use a speech on “unleashing Britain’s potential” to raise the prospect of the UK reverting to World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms if… Read full this story
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