Daily Express: Former Brexit Minister David Jones hits back at Michel Barnier

FORMER Brexit minister David Jones hit back at Michel Barnier’s claims that Britain cannot “cherry pick” a final Brexit deal. He said the UK should instead leave with no deal and fall onto WTO rules.

Conservative MP David Jones said the City of London is the biggest financial centre in Europe and there is a “mutual benefit” in making sure Britain’s services industries are not disturbed by Brexit.

But the European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier claimed the UK cannot “cherry pick” at aspects of the single market and it will lose the benefits of the single market when it leaves the European Union.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Jones said: “I don’t want to do any cherry picking.

“I’m entirely happy to continue trading with the EU on WTO terms.

“But if they want to have an arrangement on financial services, which replicates what we’ve got at the moment, which as I say is highly limited, then I’m happy with that too.”

Michel Barnier said in November that if the UK leaves the single market then financial firms will lose their EU passporting rights.

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