Britain aims to conclude a comprehensive free trade agreement with the European Union and hopes that it will be signed soon after it leaves the bloc in 2019, said Sunday the British minister Brexit, David Davis.
After getting an initial agreement on Friday to move Brexit negotiations to a second phase, Prime Minister Theresa May wants to discuss future ties with the EU, including the type of trade agreement to provide more certainty to businesses.
But despite Davis' confident tone, EU officials say they will only start negotiations on a legally-binding treaty after Britain leaves and that they will not be able to do so. it will become a "third country", according to draft guidelines.
"It's not that complicated, it comes right back to the point of alignment … We start in full alignment, we start in total convergence so that we can work from there", said Davis at the Andrew Marr show of the BBC.
"The way we manage divergence does not reduce market access," he said, describing his preferred deal as "Canada plus plus plus".
The EU has envisioned a post-Brexit free trade agreement with Britain following an agreement reached with Canada last year.
But the British economy is almost twice as large as Canada's and British authorities have stated that their current alignment with EU standards and their much closer trade ties with the continent are would pave the way for an even deeper relationship.
May was greeted by many in her deeply divided conservative party to save the deal to unblock the Brexit talks by offering Ireland and its allies in Northern Ireland a promise of peace. avoid the return of a hard border.
By playing with the wording, May agreed that if the two sides failed to reach a global Brexit agreement, the UK would maintain a "full alignment" with the EU's single market rules that favor cooperation between North and South.
Davis described this pledge as a "statement of intent" rather than a legally binding measure – which could reassure extremist Brexit activists who fear that this may imply that Britain is leaving the country only in the past. ; EU.
Despite the progress of last week, the month of May will experience little respite. The second phase of the talks is expected to expose the dissensions within its high-ranking cabinet of ministers on what Britain should look like once it leaves the EU.
Saturday, Environment Minister Michael Gove, Brexit activist, opened the possibility of changing the terms of any agreement with the EU after Brexit if the British believed that the agreement did not reflect their demands of "regaining control".