A BRADFORD MP has said that any Brexit deal struck with Europe must not bind the UK to EU rules and regulations.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said he hopes a free trade deal can be struck in the coming days but warned against a bad deal.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday he said: “I want to see a comprehensive free trade deal with the EU but certainly not any deal and definitely not any deal which leaves us shackled to EU rules and regulations in perpetuity. So, can I urge the Government to stand firm in these negotiations so we deliver on the Brexit that so many people voted for and that so many of us campaigned for, for so many years.”

Mr Davies fully supports the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the UK’s chief negotiation Lord Frost, both who he said had “not put a foot wrong throughout the entire process”.

The warning comes as Government say talks with the EU on reaching a post-Brexit trade deal have reached a “critical stage”. Discussions are still ongoing over fishing rights and business competition rules.

Updating Parliament on negotiations, Cabinet Office Minister Penny Mordaunt said everyone was working hard to get a deal but “the only way that is possible is if it’s compatible with our sovereignty and takes back control of our country’s trade and waters.”

She said the UK was prepared to walk away if the EU could not find compromises and in response to Mr Davies’ questioning over standing firm, Ms Mordaunt added: “I can absolutely give him (Mr Davies) those assurances.”