Johnson DEMANDS Britain make a clean break from Brussels as Cabinet truce crumbles

Posted on Dec 18 2017 - 2:43am by admin

The Foreign Secretary, an ardent Brexiteer, has long raised his head above the parapets of parliament to make clear his vision for the nation’s future.

Now in a furious broadside to Cabinet ministers who support maintaining “regulatory alignment”, Mr Johnson has claimed such a future would be pointless.

He claimed even Remain supporters “would say, ‘What is the point of what you have achieved?’ because we would have gone from a member state to a vassal state”.

However the former Mayor of London went on to claim the Prime Minister had done a “fantastic job” of moving the nation closer to Brexit.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, he said: “The Prime Minister has done a fantastic job moving us forward in the negotiations.

“What we need to do is something new and ambitious, which allows zero tariffs and frictionless trade but still gives us that important freedom to decide our own regulatory framework, our own laws and do things in a distinctive way in the future.”

The Cabinet is currently divided on whether the nation should maintain regulatory alignment with the bloc to make trade easier – a move supported by Philip Hammond and Amber Rudd – or diverge from the bloc’s edicts to make the UK more internationally competitive.

But Mr Johnson claimed even the Chancellors vision offered a strong defence for diverging from the bloc after calling for Britain to become an international tax hub

He said: “It was very notable in the budget speech that the chancellor majored on the idea of future regulatory divergence. 

“Philip can see that we have a very original economy, very different from other European countries — tech sectors, bioscience, bulk data, this is a very innovative place to be. 

“We may in future wish to regulate it in a different way from the way that Brussels does.”

Mr Johnson added: “We need to raise our eyes to the horizon and ask ourselves in 10, 20, 30 years time: is the world really going to be a series of mutually competitive trade blocs or are we going to be working in a system where there is freedom and free trade between countries, businesses, between individuals in accordance with global standards? 

“That is a very exciting future.”

It comes after Brexit backer Jacob Rees-Mogg has said the UK would be “very unwise” to accept being “a colony of the EU” during the transition period after Brexit from 2019 to 2021.

Theresa May has announced that the UK will still be joined by the rulings of the European Court of Justice during a transition period after Brexit, causing a backlash from eurosceptic Tory MPs.

In an interview with Newsnight, Jacob Rees-Mogg said: “We cannot be a colony of the EU for two years from 2019 to 2021, accepting new laws that are made without any say so of the British people or Parliament or Government.”

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