Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire said “Negotiations over our future trading relationship with the EU are continuing with the aim to see an agreement reached even at this very late stage.

The Prime Minister has been clear that we cannot sacrifice what it means to be a sovereign and independent nation in order to secure a deal.

It would be easy to get a deal if we simply roll over but that is not what was promised either by the UK or the EU

It must be remembered that the UK already follows all the EU rules and our ambition was to have the same deal that the EU gave Canada.

The EU has not acted in good faith as they agreed they would and seems to want more control over the UK even though that was one of the reasons people voted for leaving the EU.

Although talks are continuing, it takes two to reach an agreement and it is possible that negotiations will not succeed.

As the Prime Minister who has been tireless in trying to get an agreement previously explained, this means that we will have to prepare to trade with the bloc with arrangements similar to Australia’s from 1 January 2021. 

The Government has been clear throughout the trade negotiations that the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice will no longer apply, that we will no longer be forced to follow EU rules, that we will have full control over our borders and that we will be an independent coastal state controlling our own waters.

The UK cannot compromise on what it means to be a free and sovereign nation.

I no longer expect a deal before year end but as the EU is our nearest neighbour I still hope for a mutually agreeable and respectful agreement in 2021.

I am confident that we will prosper as an independent nation.

But I am sad that our former partners, the EU, won’t recognise our need to control our borders, laws and fisheries once again.”