February 3, 2020 / 11:58 AM / 16 days ago

UK doesn't need EU rules for a post-Brexit trade deal, Johnson says

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain does not accept the European Union’s rules to strike a comprehensive free trade deal with the bloc, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, adding that the choice was either a Canada or Australia-style accord.

“There is no need for a free trade agreement to involve accepting EU rules on competition policy, subsidies, social protection, the environment or anything similar, any more than the EU should be obliged to accept UK rules,” Johnson said.

“Are we going to insist that the EU does everything that we do as the price of free trade? Are we? Of course not,” Johnson said in a speech in London.

“We want a comprehensive free trade agreement similar to Canada’s but in the unlikely event that we do not succeed then our trade will have to be based on our existing withdrawal agreement with the EU,” Johnson said.

“Let’s be clear the choice is emphatically not deal or no deal, we have a deal,” he said.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and William James; writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Michael Holden

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