UK minister denies reports Britain seeks closer ties with EU – DW – 11/20/2022

A British government minister on Sunday denied a report that said the country was seeking closer ties with the European Union.

The Sunday Times cited an unnamed minister as saying the government was seeking a Swiss-style relationship with the European Union, although without freedom of movement.

Switzerland has a free trade deal with the bloc and a number of other bilateral accords. Although it is not a member of the EU, it contributes to the bloc’s budgets and its citizens are afforded free movement across EU territory.

Report ‘categorically untrue’

A British government spokesperson said that the report was “categorically untrue.”

“Brexit means we will never again have to accept a relationship with Europe that would see a return to freedom of movement, unnecessary payments to the…

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