David Frost explains importance of ‘having control’ on rules
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Lord Frost has reiterated the importance of Britain being able to set its own rules in order to secure future trade deals around the world. The Brexit negotiator made a point of reaffirming Brexit Britain’s sovereignty as he discussed the ongoing row with the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol. Lord Frost was clear that “having control of your own rules” was vital if Britain was to struck new trade deals like this week’s landmark agreement with Australia.
Lord Frost told the House of Lord’s Northern Ireland Committee: “It is not clear to me that the Commission is willing to see any kind of alignment without some ability to kind of police it.
“Through their institutions which would, of course, be more acceptable so it is not clear to me that commitment would be a sovereign decision it would be an obligation of sovereignty if that is what the EU has in mind.
“I think that the broader problem is that having control of your own rules is important.
“Both for future trade agreements and obviously we have reached one in principle with Australia yesterday and the ability to keep a modern set of rules.
“Which respond to developments in food safety and agriculture, and science.
“We aspire to have the best food safety rules in the world and that might not mean we could stay aligned with the EU.
“Even if we wished to,” added Lord Frost.
“But that is the core of the problem.”
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