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Sunak tries to pacify Brexiters but keeps door open to closer EU ties

Prime minister stresses ‘enormous benefits and opportunities’ of Brexit before business leaders

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Rishi Sunak has kept open the door to closer ties with the European Union but tried to pacify angry Brexiters in his own party by laying down a red line that the UK must remain free to set its own standards and regulation.

The UK prime minister tried to dampen down speculation that senior government figures were considering a “Swiss-style” deal with Brussels, which would require alignment, at least temporarily, on food and agriculture standards.

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