LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union is decreasing Brexit trade negotiations and need to understand that its demands on state aid and fishing are not suitable with Britain’s status as an independent nation, a British source close to the negotiations said.
“We have actually been clear from the start that we are seeking a relationship that appreciates our sovereignty and which has an open market agreement at its core, similar to the one the EU has with Canada,” the source said.
“We have likewise regularly tried to move discussions forwards but have actually been prevented from doing so by an EU which firmly insists that everything should go at the pace of the most difficult problem,” the source stated.
“Their ask that we accept connection with EU state help and fisheries policy is simply not compatible with our status as a completely independent country. The EU need to realize that what they’re asking for is at chances with what the British people voted for, two times, and not something we could accept.”
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton)
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