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Brexit bombshell: Britain won’t become “EU client state” warns UK chief negotiator


Negotiations with Brussels are currently deadlocked over the right of EU vessels to fish in British waters and industrial subsidies. Unless a new trade deal is in place when the Brexit transition period finishes at the end of the year a ‘no deal’ exit on World Trade Organisation terms will occur.

Boris Johnson has already ruled out any extension to the Brexit transition period.

Whilst in the transition period Britain must still pay into the EU’s budget and accept lots of regulations coming from Brussels.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday Lord Frost said: “We are not going to be a client state.

“We are not going to compromise on the fundamentals of having control over our own laws.

“We are not going to accept level playing field provisions that lock us in to the way the EU do things; we are not going to accept provisions that give them control over our money or the way we can organise things here in the UK and that should not be controversial.

“That’s what being an independent country is about, that’s what the British people voted for and that’s what will happen at the end of the year, come what may.”

Lord Frost argued the EU has yet to accept the UK voted to become a fully independent nation.

He warned Brussels “have not accepted that in key areas of our national life we want to be able to control our own laws and do things our way and use the freedoms that come after Brexit”.

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During her time as Prime Minister the Brexit date was repeatedly pushed back after Parliament rejected the EU exit deal she negotiated with Brussels.

Lord Frost said: “We came in after a Government and negotiating team that had blinked and had its bluff called at critical moments and the EU had learned not to take our word seriously.

“So a lot of what we are trying to do this year is to get them to realise that we mean what we say and they should take our position seriously.”

The Government insists Britain is ready for a no-deal EU exit if Brussels doesn’t make concessions.

Mr Johnson has created a Number 10 Transition Hub to coordinate the Government’s no deal Brexit response.

This will work with Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office Minister, who has been managing no deal preparations since last year.

Lord Frost explained: “Lord Frost said: ‘Obviously, lots of preparation was done last year, we are ramping up again and have been for some time under Michael Gove’s authority.

“I don’t think that we are scared of this at all.

“We want to get back the powers to control our borders and that is the most important thing.

“If we can reach an agreement that regulates trade like Canada’s, great. If we can’t, it will be an Australian-like trading agreement and we are fully ready for that.”


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