UK to defend ‘right to regulate’ in post-Brexit trade talks

The UK government has rejected the possibility of continued alignment with EU green rules after the transition period, setting out a vision for a ‘Canada-style’ free trade agreement in its negotiating mandate.

The document, published this morning, confirms statements made by prime minister Boris Johnson that the UK will seek full control over its regulatory agenda. 

It reads: “The government will not negotiate any arrangement in which the UK does not have control of its own laws and political life. That means that we will not agree to any obligations for our laws to be aligned with the EU’s, or for the EU’s institutions, including the Court of Justice, to have any jurisdiction in the UK.”

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