UK will agree tariff-free trade deal with EU, minister claims

The European Union will agree a tariff-free trade deal with the UK – and it will not run into the same difficulties faced by the troubled Canadian pact, a cabinet minister has insisted.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the amount of trade done between the UK and EU puts it in a different category to the Canadian deal, which has been blocked by the Belgian regional parliament in Wallonia.

The prominent Brexit-backer played down the prospect of the Walloons forming a similar obstacle to the UK’s negotiations with the EU because of the amount of produce their farmers sell to Britain.

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