The co-chair of Leave Means Leave said the UK could strike a Canada-style Brexit deal with the EU and complete negotiations by the end of this year.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk Mr Longworth said Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, would be perfectly happy to accept a Canada-style deal between Britain and the EU.
Mr Longworth said: “If we offer the European Union a Canada-style deal, perfectly legitimate between two sovereign states because there is already one on the shelf between Canada and the EU, we will cover 98 percent of goods and 92 percent of agriculture.
“Britain could do even better than that in any deal that we put forward.
“Michel Barnier said to me very clearly that the EU would agree to that very quickly.
“We could complete it this year and there would be no need for a transition period.”
Speaking before the Prime Minister’s landmark Mansion House speech last week, Mr Longworth outlined the deal he thought the UK would walk away with the EU.
He said: “I think what we will end up doing is trading the world on World Trade Organisation terms which is perfectly acceptable and is actually the basis on which most world trade takes place and incidentally is what all the American exports to the EU and all the Chinese exports to the EU take place. So it is a perfectly reasonable structure.
“That will be our bedrock approach to trade. We will have an independent sovereign state, the UK which will be able to set its own laws, control its own borders and set its own regulations.
“But also, in addition to that, we will have a free trade deal between the UK and the EU between two sovereign states which is like the deal that the EU and Canada have, that will simply enable the free flow of goods.
“All this nonsense about traffic queues at Dover, the custom arrangements, it’s just admin, if you have a free trade deal nothing applies to those goods anyway so it really is scaremongering.”
To read EFT Adviser John Longworth’s interview with the Express, click here.