May 14, 2020 / 1:03 PM / 19 days ago

We will not give up our independence to EU, UK cabinet agrees

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak observe a minute of silence in a tribute to the NHS staff and key workers who died during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street, London, Britain April 28, 2020. Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IMAGE CAN NOT BE USED FOR ADVERTISING OR COMMERCIAL USE. IMAGE CAN NOT BE ALTERED IN ANY FORM. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top team of ministers agreed on Thursday that Britain will not give up its rights as an independent state by bending to the demands of the European Union in its talks on a future relationship.

At a cabinet meeting, Johnson’s team was updated on the talks by negotiator David Frost who told them that Britain was not asking for “anything special, bespoke or unique” in the talks, just a free-trade agreement.

“Cabinet agreed that we won’t agree to demands for us to give up our rights as an independent state, especially when the EU has shown through their agreements with other countries like Canada that these controls are not necessary,” Johnson’s spokesman told reporters.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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