Thank you for contacting me about progress in the EU negotiations.
The Government is seeking a new relationship with the EU which ensures the UK regains sovereign control of its laws, borders and waters with a Free Trade Agreement similar to the ones the EU has already concluded with friendly third countries in the past.
The UK has been consistently clear about the terms on which an agreement would be possible. These fundamentals have not changed. UK negotiators have made proposals providing for fair and open competition with high standards and this has been set out in a way that is in line with modern trade agreements between sovereign and autonomous equals.
The UK left the EU at the end of January and entered a transition period which will end on 31 December. This is set out in UK law. It means that the UK will leave the transition period with either a Canada-style free trade agreement or on the terms of 2019 deal which will see a relationship with the EU similar to Australia’s.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.