Rishi Sunak warns against accepting a post-Brexit EU trade deal ‘at any price’ with both sides reaching for an agreement as he says the UK economy will prosper ‘in any eventuality’
He spoke today amid ongoing talks between both sides in search of a dealTold the BBC UK has been consistent, adding: ‘we will prosper in any eventuality’ Added: ‘We should not be going for a deal at any price … the wrong thing to do’
The UK should not accept a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU ‘at any price’, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said today.
The Chancellor insisted that he had confidence in the British economy ‘in all circumstances’ to do well after the transition period ends on December 31.
He spoke today amid ongoing talks between both sides in search of a deal, with disagreement still outstanding over fishing rights and state aid rules.
A deal is said to be 95 per cent done, but it is the last 5 per cent which have been at the centre of a tug-of-war for months.
Mr Sunak told the BBC’s Andrew Marr: ‘I think we’re making progress in the talks and I remain hopeful that we can reach resolution.
‘I think we’re being entirely reasonable with our requests and have been consistent and transparent through this process about what’s important to us. But we will prosper in any eventuality.’
He continued: ‘In the short-term specifically, and most immediately, it would be preferable to have a deal because it would ease things in the short-term.
‘I think the most important impact on our economy next year is not going to be from that, it’s because of coronavirus.’
He added: ‘We should not be going for a deal at any price, that would be the wrong thing to do and I think there are things that are important to us in these negotiations, and we’ve been entirely, as I said, reasonable, consistent and transparent.’
The Chancellor insisted that he had confidence in the British economy ‘in all circumstances’ to do well after the transition period ends on December 31