Eustice: ‘Sensible’ deal with EU possible without green alignment

Newly appointed environment secretary George Eustice has said the government is expecting to sign a “sensible” trade deal with the EU before its self-imposed December deadline even as it seeks the freedom to diverge from future European regulations.

Speaking to Sky News on Monday morning, Eustice - a veteran farming minister promoted to the top DEFRA job last week - said he did not think it is “likely” that the UK and EU will “rip each other apart” in the upcoming trade talks, as predicted by French foreign minister Yves Le Drian over the weekend. 

“It’s colourful language to use, but I actually think we’ve got a heads of terms agreement in place [through the political declaration],” Eustice explained. 

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