The European Union wants to “punish” Britain for having the “audacity” to vote for Brexit, Liam Fox has suggested as he insisted that leaving without a deal will not be a “nightmare scenario”.
The EU last week significantly softened its stance on Brexit and pointed to a breakthrough in negotiations in December amid fears that Theresa May’s Government is at risk.
However Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, warned that the next stage of negotiations – drawing up a trade deal – are likely to be significantly more challenging.
Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said he still believes that negotiating a new trade deal with the EU should be the “easiest in history”.
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