Rishi Sunak firmly rejected claims he’s looking to closely align Britain to EU rules this morning as he hailed the “enormous benefits” from Brexit.
The Prime Minister ruled out reopening Brexit negotiations with Brussels as he addressed the CBI conference in Birmingham this morning.
He said: “Let me be unequivocal about this: Under my leadership, the United Kingdom will not pursue any relationship with Europe that relies on alignment with EU laws.
“I voted for Brexit, I believe in Brexit and I know that Brexit can deliver, and is already delivering, enormous benefits and opportunities for the country”
He added: “When it comes to trade, it means that we can open up our country to the world’s fastest-growing markets.
“I’ve just got back from the G20 in Indonesia, we’re talking about signing CPTPP, where we’ve got some of the most exciting, fastest-growing economies in the world and we can become a part of that trading bloc, that’s a fantastic opportunity for the UK.”
He took the firm stance after reports over the weekend suggested Britain was looking to adopt a Swiss-style model of trading with the EU.
Such an arrangement would mean paying into the EU budget, accepting greater alignment with Brussels rules, and accepting judgements from European judges.
The Prime Minister also hit back at those calling for more immigration from the continent.
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