Tory MEP hits out at EU’s Brexit demands – ‘No self-respecting nation could sign up to it’

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The Tory MEP insisted the controversial backstop is an attempt by the EU to control the UK’s trade policy after Brexit. Mr Hannan said: “The backstop has nothing to do with the Irish border.

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“It is about allowing the EU to control the terms of Britain’s trade with countries like the US and India even after we have left.

“No self-respecting nation could ever have signed up to that.”

It comes as London and Brussels are at an impasse over fresh Brexit negotiations.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is demanding the backstop is dropped from the Brexit deal.

But the EU is insisting the Withdrawal Agreement, which includes the backstop, cannot be reopened and will only make changes to the Political Declaration on the future relationship between the UK and the bloc.

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The backstop is aimed at preventing a hard Irish border after Brexit but critics fear it could be used to permanently trap the UK in the EU customs union and prevent Britain striking its own trade deals.

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Speaking during a visit to Northern Ireland yesterday, Michael Gove, who is responsible for no-deal planning, said Mr Johnson is ready to discuss alternatives to the backstop with the EU.

He said: “The Prime Minister is keen to explore with EU leaders how we can ensure we can have a withdrawal agreement that will pass Parliament.

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Tory MEP hits out at EU’s Brexit demands – ‘No self-respecting nation could sign up to it’

The Tory MEP insisted the controversial backstop is an attempt by the EU to control the UK’s trade policy after Brexit. Mr Hannan said: “The backstop has nothing to do with the Irish border. “It is about allowing the EU to control the terms of Britain’s trade with countries like the US and India even after we have left.

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