UK warns prepared to walk away from EU trade talks

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The British government has said it is prepared to walk away from EU trade talks in June if not enough progress has been made.

Setting out its red lines ahead of talks with the EU starting next week, the government said it will not negotiate any arrangement in which the UK does not have control of its own laws and political life.

In a document published on Thursday morning, it said: “That means we will not agree to any obligations for our laws to be aligned with the EU’s, or the EU’s institutions, including the European Courts of Justice (ECJ) to have any jurisdiction in the UK.”

Hitting back at comments made by the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, earlier this week, a government source said it was “a bit rich” of the EU to say the UK is moving the goal posts.

They added that Westminster believes the EU is trying to place too many conditions on the UK.

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