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Citing a source close to UK negotiators, DailyMail reported on Monday, British negotiators would not accept any deal that ‘constrains’ the UK to the EU’s rules and infringes sovereignty.

Brexit talks resume in Brussels from Tuesday.

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“We remain committed to working hard to find the outlines of a balanced agreement.”

“We have been repeatedly clear that we are looking for a deal with, at its core, a free trade agreement similar to the one the EU already has with Canada – that is, an agreement based on existing precedents.”

“But what we cannot have is a form of relationship which requires alignment or one that constrains us to the EU’s rules. “

“Our priority throughout the process has always been the return of our sovereignty.” 

This comes after former Brexit secretary David Davis said that 50 civil servants going to Brussels to negotiate a Brexit deal was not enough.