A trade deal between the UK and EU should be “one of the easiest in human history” to strike, according to international trade secretary Liam Fox.
The minister also said this morning that the UK could “survive” without a deal with the bloc after Brexit.
“We don’t want to have no deal,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “It’s much better that we have a deal than no deal. We can, of course, survive with no deal. And we have to go into the negotiation with those on the other side knowing that that’s what we think.
“But of course we want to come to a full and comprehensive deal with the European Union. Why? Because it’s good for the people of Britain, and it’s good for our economy, and it’s good for the consumers and the workers of Europe and their economy.”
He added: “And, if you think about it, the free trade agreement that we will have to come to with the European Union should be one of the easiest in human history.
“We’re already beginning with zero tariffs and we’re already beginning at the point of maximal regulatory equivalence… in other words, our rules and our laws are exactly the same.
“And the only reason that we wouldn’t come to a free and open agreement is because politics gets in the way of economics.”