Myth: After leaving the EU, Britain should negotiate a free-trade deal like Canada’s
InFact: Boris Johnson has toyed with the idea that we should follow in the footsteps of Canada, which is not a member of the EU but has just signed a free trade deal with it. Under the deal, Canada doesn’t have to accept to free movement, or pay into the EU’s budget. But it also doesn’t have a passport for its financial services industry, and it pays tariffs on some exports. That would damage our industry. No wonder that Boris has recently distanced himself from the idea.
This article is an adaptation of a piece that previously appeared on InFacts.
Edited by Hugo Dixon