EU anger as Boris Johnson insists there will be 'no alignment' after Brexit
Boris Johnson has sparked anger after insisting Britain will not follow any EU rules after Brexit.
The Prime Minister made clear he would pursue a hard Brexit as his divorce bill cleared a Commons hurdle by saying there would be “no alignment” between the two sides. That defying EU claims that alignment is a “must” for any future relationship.
He said the vote “paves the path for a new agreement on our future relationship with our European neighbours based on an ambitious free-trade agreement, with no alignment … on EU rules, but instead control of our own laws and close and friendly relations”.
EU leaders reacted by saying that Britain could not have tariff-free, frictionless trade unless it signed up to EU regulations and standards.
Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach, said a trade deal had been made more difficult to achieve with Mr Johnson “fixed on a harder Brexit”.
He told The Telegraph: “We don’t want to trade with a Britain that undercuts us, that has lower financial standards, lower product standards, lower health and safety standards...the harder approach being taken by Prime Minister Johnson is a risk to us.”
Charles Michel, president of the European Council, said “a level playing field remains a must for any future relationship”, indicating Brussels will push hard for close alignment in trade talks.
Trade talks can only officially begin once Britain leaves the EU.