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Britain 'will not be aligning with EU rules'

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the parliament, which reconvenes after the UK Supreme Court ruled that his suspension of the parliament was unlawful, in London, Britain, September 25, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. (Reuters)

LONDON – Britain will "not be aligning with EU rules" in any post-Brexit trade deal, the foreign secretary has said.

Dominic Raab argued agreeing to stick strongly with EU regulations would "defeat the point of Brexit".


But Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the UK needed to commit to a level playing field to get a free trade deal.


Talks to negotiate a free trade deal between the UK and the EU are due to start next month, following the UK's formal withdrawal from the bloc.


Today, Boris Johnson is expected to set out his position ahead of those talks, where he will tell the EU he is prepared to accept customs checks at Britain's borders if he cannot secure the sort of trade deal he wants.


EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier will also outline his approach to negotiations. (BBC)

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