Nigel Farage teases return to front line as Rishi Sunak denies ‘Swiss-style’ Brexit deal change
Britain’s Conservative Party is facing problems at home as disputes over the status of Brexit have been thrown back into question after the controversial autumn statement.
British Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt’s autumn statement marked a complete reversal of Liz Truss’s mini-budget, going from major tax cuts under Truss to around £55 billion in spending cuts and tax increases for try to stabilize the economy.
Another part of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s new plan to fix the economy could involve rolling back the most extreme parts of the Brexit deal, instead adopting what is known as a “Swiss-style” deal which would allow frictionless trade with the European Union. the Sunday Times reported.
Switzerland maintains access to the single market, but maintains certain regulations and payments to the Union budget. While the Swiss also maintain freedom of movement with EU member states, the supposed deal with the UK would not include this element.
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Critics of the plan argue that adopting this plan still requires alignment with Europe on a range of regulations, which was one of the driving factors behind leaving the Union in the first place.
A UK Foreign Office spokesman told Reuters these reports were “categorically false”.
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Sunak insisted on Monday that “the UK will not have any relationship with Europe that is based on alignment with EU law”.
Nigel Farage, head of the Reform UK Brexit Party in the European Parliament, tweeted a series of statements about the possible deal, saying Downing Street is “selling Brexit”.
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He also noted that Sunak appointed a stay-in-Europe activist named Will Dry as a special adviser.
“Sunak’s Tories will be utterly defeated if they attempt Brexit in name only,” Farage wrote. “I will personally take care of this,” he added, which several media outlets interpreted as a possible tease for a return to the frontline of Farage’s politics.
He speculated that if the Tories adopted a Swiss-style deal, the party would be “wiped out” in the polls.
“May 2019 result will look like a walk in the park,” he wrote on Twitter.
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Farage also told The Sun he was “not ruling anything out… if they really betray Brexit, I would have to do something”.
Reuters contributed to this report.