Britain must leave EU ‘on our terms’ – Brexit was ‘all about taking back control’

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Tory MP Lee Anderson warned the UK should abandon negotiations if Brussels does not accept Britain’s demands. The Ashfield MP, who took the Red Wall seat from Labour in the 2019 general election, told “We should leave on our terms.

“That’s what the vote was all about taking back control of everything.

“We leave on our terms and if they don’t give in to the deal we want then we walk away.”

Former coal miner Mr Anderson struck an optimistic tone for post-Brexit Britain, hailing the British brand.

He said: “Regardless of what people think in this country – the Remainers – the British brand still means a lot all around the world and there will be lots of countries wanting to do business with us.

“When they see that Union Jack, when they see Boris flying on that aeroplane with the Union Jack tailfin, that’s what it’s all about.

“The British brand is still the number one brand anywhere in the world.”

The Tory MP’s comments come as trade talks between the UK and the EU are deadlocked.

The bloc’s chief negotiator Michael Barnier on Wednesday accused Britain of refusing to compromise.

Mr Barnier said: “We did not see any change in the position of the UK.

“This is why I express publicly that I am worried and I am disappointed because, frankly speaking, we have moved.

“I’ve shown clearly openness to find compromise.

“If they don’t move on the issues which are the key issues of the EU, the level playing field, fisheries and governance, the UK will take itself the risk of a no deal.”

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But on Thursday Downing Street hit back at Mr Barnier’s claims.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “Michel Barnier’s comments are a misleading representation of our proposals aimed at deflecting scrutiny from the EU’s own positions which are unrealistic and unprecedented.

“The EU have refused to engage with our proposals and the documents we’ve brought to the table, insisting we must accept continuity with EU fisheries policy and disregarding the UK’s status as an independent coastal state.

“We need more realism from the EU on the scale of the change that results from our leaving the EU.”

The eighth round of formal negotiations take place in London next week.

Mr Barnier met his UK counterpart David Frost for informal talks earlier this week.

Britain officially left the EU on January 31.

The UK is in a transition period with Brussels until the end of the year while the two side attempt to thrash out a trade deal.

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