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Britain tells EU that Supervision is ‘not acceptable’ in post-Brexit deal

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David Frost, British Chief Negotiator for Exiting the European Union, arrives at the European Commission ahead of a meeting with officials in Brussels, Belgium, 15 October 2019.

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The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost said during a visit to Brussels that the EU has totally missed the point of Britain’s decision to quit the European Union if the EU thinks that its own bureaucrats will continue to retain some supervision over London’s actions now the United Kingdom is no longer a part of the bloc.
“To think that we might accept EU supervision on so-called level playing field issues simply fails to see the point of what we are doing,” Frost said while adding, “It is central to our vision that we must have the ability to set laws that suit us and to claim the right that every other non-EU country in the world has.”
The EU insists on being the driver’s seat when negotiation trade terms with the UK. Frost said, however, that the point of Brexit was to deny the EU the ability to have any say over the internal affairs of the United Kingdom and dismissed the idea that an EU court would have a role in future trade disputes, saying, “We only want what other independent countries have.”
Frost said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson would not need more than 11 months to reach a trade deal.
The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has insisted that Brussels will not agree to any trade deal for the sole purpose of avoiding a costly “no-deal” agreement after the deadline.

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