Brexit deal: UK says it will aim to uphold ‘level playing field’

A new Brexit deal between the British government and the European Commission would see the UK and EU sign a declaration aiming to uphold environmental protections as part of any future free trade agreement.

The non-binding political declaration, which will require sign-off from both the EU27 and the British parliament, sets out an aspiration for the EU-UK future relationship to encompass “robust commitments to ensure a level playing field”.

That would include “maintain[ing] environmental, social and employment standards at the current high levels provided by the existing common standards,” the declaration reads. “In so doing, they should rely on appropriate and relevant Union and international standards, and include appropriate mechanisms to ensure effective implementation domestically, enforcement and dispute settlement.”

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