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Boris Johnson’s Brexit negotiating team has vowed to stand firm in the latest round of trade talks, which will resume in Brussels tomorrow. The UK team will not accept any deal that “constrains” Britain to the EU’s rules and infringes sovereignty, a source has revealed.
As part of the UK’s tough approach, negotiators will stand firm on banning EU fishing boats from having unlimited access to British waters.
The source said: “We remain committed to working hard to find the outlines of a balanced agreement.
“We have been repeatedly clear that we are looking for a deal with, at its core, a free trade agreement similar to the one the EU already has with Canada – that is, an agreement based on existing precedents.
“But what we cannot have is a form of relationship which requires alignment or one that constrains us to the EU’s rules.
“Our priority throughout the process has always been the return of our sovereignty.”
The EU still insists Britain must agree a level playing field with Brussels, which would see the UK tied to EU laws and regulations.
The bloc are also determined to ensure EU fishing boats continue to receive the same access to British fishing waters.
David Frost, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, has taken 50 civil servants to Brussels for this week’s seventh round of talks.
A dinner between Mr Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier will take place tomorrow evening, ahead of two days of intense negotiations.
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