Andrea Leadsom ‘very optimistic’ about UK’s post-Brexit prospects

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Former Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has said she is confident that the UK will be able to strike a Free Trade Agreement with the EU.

Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, the leading Brexiteer said free and open trade with the bloc is in the interests of both sides.

“I do believe that the EU, no matter some of the occasional sabre rattling, will want to strike a good deal with the UK so yes I remain confident that we’ll be able to do that,” she said.

She added that Britain will also benefit from an ability to agree deals around the world, saying: “I remain very, very positive and optimistic about the prospects for the UK at the end of this year when the transition period comes to an end.”

Her comments come four years to the day after the country woke up to the news that Brits had voted for Brexit.

Despite Ms Leadsom’s optimism, trade talks with the EU have so far shown little progress.

The EU’s chief negotiator has accused the UK of “backtracking” on commitments made in Boris Johnson’s political declaration, while his British counterpart David Frost has claimed the bloc is making “novel and unbalanced” demands.

The next set of talks will begin on June 29, with the UK urging the EU to come to an agreement by the end of the summer.

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