Iain Duncan Smith SHUTS down calls for UK to be tied to Brussels rules after Brexit

Today, the Government presented to Parliament its opening negotiating stance for Brexit trade talks. The EU already approved their starting position for a future relationship with the UK, making it clear that they wanted to uphold “common high standards”. Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith hit out at the bloc’s “interpretation” of the withdrawal agreement, calling for a rejection of the UK’s continued following of EU rules.

Addressing Michael Gove, the Mr Smith said: “I’ll congratulate my Right Honourable Friend on his very clear statement. 

“In the withdrawal agreement, he knows that the settlement around Northern Ireland included state aids.

“Since then, the EU has interpreted this as bringing the whole of the UK under the state aids provisions.

“Could he confirm that in a future agreement which we will make with them, we will not accept that the UK will leave itself under the Court of Justice when it comes to state aid provision?” 

The Minister for the Cabinet Office responded:”My Right Honourable friend makes a very important point.

“Of course, we must respect the integrity of the protocol.

“But it is not the case that the CJEU should be governing the application of state aid in the way that some have envisaged.

“This would be quite a problem.”

Mr Smith also said that he agreed with Mr Gove’s views that the standards that the UK sets are higher than those of the EU.

He told Parliament: “He won’t be demanding that the EU aligns with our standards as we go forward.

“That is refreshing.”

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The EU have said that they hope both they and the UK can uphold “common high standards”.

The UK Government has already made it clear they will reject a number of mandates.

This includes maintaining current access to British fishing waters and a “level playing field”.

The Prime Minister has promised to agree a new UK-EU trade relationship by the end of 2020.

Critics are sceptical that a deal can be reached by the December 31 deadline.

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