‘Complete nonsense!’ Tory peer dismantles EU claim and says UK will thrive under WTO rules

‘Complete nonsense!’ Tory peer dismantles EU claim and says UK will thrive under WTO rules

Downing Street has confirmed that there was neither a “breakthrough nor a breakdown” of Brexit negotiations after the fourth round of talks were completed in London. The stalemate is a result of the UK seeking to retain the benefits of the Common market without sticking to the rules, according to Katarina Barley, the Fourth Vice-President of the EU Parliament. Former Conservative Chancellor Lord Nigel Lawson rubbished this claim, telling BBC Newsnight that the UK wants to be a “self-governing country”.

He said: “What the lady is saying about us wanting to remain in the Common market is complete nonsense.

“I don’t know where she got that from, that’s certainly not what we want to do.

“We want to be a self-governing country in a state of great friendship with the Europeans.

“I, for the most part of the last 20 years, have lived in France, and I love it there.”

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Lord Lawson continued: “I am not at all hostile, we want to have solid friendships, but we certainly don’t want to be in the Common Market. That is a complete mistake.

“I think there will be one privately, but not as part of the negotiations.

“There will be privately deals on things like security, but we’ll likely end up on no deal.

“As far as that, trading on WTO terms is fine, that’s what we’ll do, that’s what most of our trading is done on.”

A fifth round of talks will go ahead as planned next week, with another round scheduled for August unless agreed otherwise.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said the UK was continuing to engage with the EU constructively.

Two fulls days of talks occurred between UK Chief Negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier.

Face-to-face discussions had resumed for the first time since the pandemic hit last month.

Both sides have agreed to intensify talks in hopes of making the December 31 deadline.

Published at Fri, 24 Jul 2020 12:06:00 +0000