Top Johnson aide: Brexit will lead to ‘limited’ divergence from EU rules

The UK is unlikely to diverge significantly from EU regulations after the Brexit transition period, a special adviser to prime minister Boris Johnson has said.

In remarks made before Christmas to an audience in Hungary, first uncovered by Buzzfeed, social justice adviser Tim Montgomerie said he believed “there will be a large degree of alignment in economic sectors” in the future trade agreement between the UK and EU. 

While Montgomerie acknowledged that he was not responsible for the government’s Brexit strategy, he predicted that “some eurosceptics will be disappointed by the treaty that emerges from the next few months of negotiations”.

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