UK’s FM Says Against Adopting Any New EU Rules During Brexit Transition

British foreign minister Boris Johnson will stand against any step made to abide by European Union rules issued after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.

Johnson, who campaigned in favor of leaving the EU in last year’s referendum, is one of Britain’s highest-profile politicians and seen as a possible replacement for Prime Minister Theresa May, Reuters reported.

Johnson praised On Friday a speech by May in which she revealed her plan for a roughly two-year transition period after Brexit.

But the Telegraph reported that Johnson had set out a new set of demands.

“Boris will be one of those Cabinet ministers pushing to make sure we don’t have any new EU rules and regulations during the transition,” a cabinet source was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

May pointed out the fact that Britain and the EU start with identical regulatory standards and said she wanted “a practical approach to regulation that enables us to continue to work together in bringing shared prosperity to our peoples.”

She did not say whether she thought EU regulations passed during the transition period would be matched by Britain but said, on EU law, that British courts would be able to take European Courts of Justice rulings into account, Reuters reported.

May’s Brexit minister David Davis said he did expect British and EU regulations to diverge over time after Brexit.

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