Brexit: Current deal ‘doesn’t respect us’ says Robert Jenrick
Speaking to Sky News, the Housing Secretary said there were no news to report on the progress made by negotiations in Brussels on a Brexit trade deal. But Mr Jenrick was quick to remind viewers the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will try to get the best deal for the nation until the very last minute on December 31. He blamed Brussels for its inability to accept Britain as an independent sovereign nation.
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He said: “I’m still reasonably optimistic but there’s no news to report to you this morning.
“There’s still the same serious areas of disagreement whether that’s on fisheries or a level-playing field.
“We’re working through those issues, our negotiations will keep going, the Prime Minister has been very clear that he’s going to negotiate until the very end which is the 31st of December because that’s the right thing.
“But at the moment, there isn’t sufficient progress.
“It isn’t a deal that the Prime Minister feels he can sign us up to because it doesn’t yet respect us in full as a sovereign independent nation.”
Asked whether there was a link between Emmanuel Macron’s action to shut the border with France and the Brexit negotiations, Mr Jenrick said: “I hope not.”
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