Reports of Swiss-style EU deal ‘couldn’t be further from the truth’, says Jenrick

Amid experiences suggesting that some inside authorities need to put the UK on a path to a Swiss-style relationship with the EU, immigration minister Robert Jenrick has stated there’s “no query in any respect” of the UK reopening the “elementary tenets” of its Brexit deal. 

Requested instantly if the UK goes to do a Swiss-style cope with Brussels, he advised Sky Information: “No, we’re not”.

It “couldn’t be farther from the reality” that Rishi Sunak’s authorities is contemplating placing the UK on the highway to a Swiss-style relationship with the union, he stated.

Mr Jenrick stated that the UK will “keep on with the connection we’ve secured” with the European Union. However the immigration minister added: “that doesn’t imply that we’re not excited by bettering our buying and selling relations with the European Union or certainly in my sphere our safety and migration partnership with the European Union… however we’re not going to reopen the discussions that we had a couple of years in the past. We now have a settled view and we’re transferring forwards on that foundation.”


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“We’re not going to reopen the discussions that we had a couple of years in the past, we had a settled view and we’re transferring forwards on that foundation”, Mr Jenrick advised Sky Information. 

This follows a narrative within the Sunday Occasions that recommended ministers are eyeing up a more in-depth relationship with Brussels.

Talking on Monday morning, Mr Jenrick stated he didn’t “recognise” the story. 

“We now have a settled place on our relationship with the European Union, that’s the deal that was struck in 2019 and 2020 – and that’s the one which we intend to stay to”, Jenrick advised TalkTV.

“That units out the basic place that we don’t need to see a return to free motion, we don’t need to have the jurisdiction of European judges within the UK, and we don’t need to be paying any cash to the European Union.

“In fact there will likely be issues on which we will enhance our relationship – commerce, safety, migration are all key matters, and the prime minister desires to have the best relationship doable with our European buddies and neighbours.

“However there’s no query in any respect of us reopening the basic tenets of that deal.”

Downing Road had already rejected the report within the Sunday Occasions, however the newspaper says discussions had been occurring behind the scenes. 

A supply advised the paper: “It’s clearly one thing the EU would by no means provide us upfront as a result of they’d say you are attempting to have your cake and eat it however the motive I believe we are going to get it’s as a result of it’s overwhelmingly within the companies pursuits on each side.”

Just like the UK, Switzerland is outdoors the EU. They’ve a detailed financial relationship based mostly on a collection of bilateral agreements which give the nation direct entry to elements of the EU’s inner market together with the free motion of individuals.

The mannequin requires funds to the EU funds.

Many of those provisions can be redlines for hardline “Brexiteer” Conservative MPs, significantly those that are members of the European Analysis Group (ERG). 

Simon Clarke, who served as levelling up secretary beneath Liz Truss, was amongst these to voice criticism over the weekend. The MP tweeted: “I very a lot hope and consider this isn’t one thing into account. We settled the query of leaving the European Union, definitively, in 2019”.