Rishi Sunak: There is no going back with Brexit
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak yesterday dismissed any attempt by his government to withdraw from Britain’s exit agreement from the European Union, despite dissatisfaction with “Brexit” in the country.
Speaking at the annual Business Confederation conference in Birmingham, Sunak, a Brexiteer, said life outside the EU “offers really enormous benefits and opportunities”, speaking of tighter restrictions on immigration – a key part of the Brexit deal – and closer trade ties with the EU EU EU Asia.
But he added: “Let me be blunt: under my leadership, Britain will not seek a relationship with Europe that is conditional on compliance with EU rules.”
The UK left the European Union for good in January 2021 after years of political struggles to break away from the bloc since the divisive referendum in 2016.
With Brexit, the United Kingdom left the European single market and the customs union, freedom of movement between the member states and the jurisdiction of European courts ended.
But the London-Brussels deal has largely maintained duty-free trade with the remaining 27 members.
Sunak’s comments follow a Sunday Times report that “senior government officials” plan to “put Britain on the path to a Swiss-style relationship” with the EU.
Switzerland has much closer ties to the bloc through bilateral agreements that allow access to the internal market, a high degree of freedom of movement and a financial contribution to the EU budget.
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