The UK Prime Minister Johnson started his speech on the future partnership UK-EU with a eulogy of free trade.
He said the UK will not engage in a race to the bottom by undermining EU standards and engage in commercial, social and environmental dumping. However, he made clear the UK will not accept to take EU standards and rules in exchange for a free trade deal. He added the UK will maintain high standards without the compulsion of a treaty. The Prime Minister ended by saying the UK wants a free trade deal similar to Canada or even Australia (which is still under negotiation).
The UK government published a written statement on the future negotiations, which makes clear the deal cannot include any regulatory alignment, any jurisdiction of the EU Court of Justice or supranational control in any area. In regard to competition, labour and environment policies, the government will not agree to go beyond what is typically included in a comprehensive free trade agreement.