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UK's Sunak says he hopes for a Brexit deal but not at any price



FILE PHOTO: Euro and pound banknotes are seen in front of BREXIT letters in this picture illustration taken April 28, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo/File Photo/File Photo


LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Rishi Sunak has said there is genuine progress in Brexit talks with the European Union, but that it would be better to walk away from a bad trade deal than tie Britain's hands in the future.


Sunak, one of the few members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's senior ministerial team to have emerged from the COVID pandemic with an enhanced reputation, was thought to be one of the leading voices in the cabinet who wanted a free trade deal with the EU.


He told the Sunday Times that he hoped Britain and the European Union would secure an agreement.


"Every day I am reviewing bits of text, so there is genuine progress," he said. "Certainly, it would be preferable to have a deal."


But he added: "The major impact on our economy is the coronavirus. It's absolutely not (a question of doing) a deal at any price.


"If we don't get a deal, why is that? It is because they are refusing to compromise on what are some completely reasonable and very transparent principles that we've laid out from the beginning. We are not asking for ... super-special treatment."


The two sides have been locked in talks for months and, while officials say they have made progress in the last few days, a substantial amount still needs to be done for an agreement to be in place and ratified by the year-end deadline.


Sunak gave the interview ahead of a spending review on Wednesday when he will set out the government's spending over the next year, after COVID-19 blew a 200 billion pound ($266 billion) hole in Britain's finances.


He said he hoped that, by next spring, he would be able to start thinking beyond the current need to support the economy and jobs, and considering how he could return the public finances to a sustainable level.


($1 = 0.7529 pounds)


(Reporting by Kate Holton, editing by Louise Heavens and Kevin Liffey)



-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-11-22
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Always someone else’s fault with johnson and his ministers. 

And in this case, that someone is France and Germany. 

I was replying to @473geo who - with a clever turn of phrase - inferred without explicitly stating,  that the EU had granted extensions to Article 50 without prompting: I pointed out the actuality was

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Love the Sunak plan to tax motorists on mileage, way to go, hit then hard in the pocket make people think about having a second car to go to the shops!! Let's see more parents walking or cycling with the kids to school.

Brexit deal, he is of course correct, starting to look like the EU may well have been holding the UK back 🙂

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On 11/21/2020 at 3:28 PM, rooster59 said:

British finance minister Rishi Sunak


If he ever has a holiday in Thailand he would be advised not to use his surname when registering at a hotel. Might cause a few titters.

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