Britain wants to agree an EU free-trade deal, says Rishi Sunak

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LONDON:

Britain

wants to strike a free-trade deal with the European Union, but the short-term impact of not doing so will be overshadowed by the Covid-19

pandemic

, British finance minister

Rishi Sunak

told the

BBC

's

Andrew Marr

programme on Sunday.
Asked what the effect of not have a free-trade deal in place after the transition period ends on December 31, Sunak said, "It's very difficult to be precise about the near-term effects. But I'd agree with what the Prime Minister has said, in the short term specifically and most immediately, it would be preferable to have a deal because it would ease things in the short term."
But the most important impact on our economy next year is not going to be from that, it's because of coronavirus, he added.

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