The British Minister of Economy, Jeremy Hunt, affirmed this Wednesday (23.11.2022) before a committee of the House of Commons that he aspires to “eliminate physical barriers to trade” between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) raised after the “Brexit”.
Hunt argued that customs between the British territory and the community should emulate “what happens on the border between Switzerland and France, or on the border between Norway and Sweden.”
By leaving the EU, the UK ruled out deals with Brussels similar to those with Norway and Switzerland, as they involved accepting the jurisdiction of EU courts, aligning with EU trade standards, ensuring the free movement of people and making contributions to the European budget, among other aspects that the British governments have so far rejected.
Despite his desire to remove trade barriers, the minister insisted today that he does not want to stray from the trade agreement that entered into force in January 2021, which does not set quotas or tariffs, but establishes controls and requirements that slow down and make trade more expensive.
“I neither support nor have I ever contemplated any pact that means moving away from the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU,” Hunt told Parliament’s Treasury Committee. (ef)