Brussels rebuffs new government’s rejection of green level-playing field rules

British government claims that its negotiators will reject having to abide by level-playing field rules on the environment in a future trade deal with the EU have been called into question by European leaders.

In comments made to the Sunday Times, a “senior government figure” said that prime minister Boris Johnson would not agree to align with EU rules on competition, the environment and labour rights in order to secure good access to the bloc’s internal market. 

However, European leaders are adamant that they will not sign off on a deal that would give the UK a competitive advantage by watering down environmental protections. 

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