FORMER civil servant and economist Ruth Lea said it is an “embarrassment” that Britain has not played on its strengths in Brexit negotiations with the European Union.
The Brexiteer economist warned Britain has made “too many” concessions in Brexit negotiations.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Ms Lea hit out at Britain’s negotiating side and said: “What seems to have happened in negotiations is that all our strengths seem to have been swept under the carpet and our relative weaknesses seem to be the ones that are actually being debated.
“And we have made a lot of concessions and we have not really got much for it yet, have we?”
She added: “It’s very curious I think to know why the Government is not playing on this.
Theresa May’s Chequers plan, a close regulatory alignment with the EU’s single market for British exports, is a firm push towards a Brexit end-state that looks similar to Norway.
The proposal includes plans to create a ”common rule book” – involving a free trade area with the EU on industrial and agricultural goods.
But the push for a softer Brexit triggered the resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis, Brexit minister Steve Baker and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Tory eurosceptics have also ripped into Mrs May’s plans for full regulatory alignment with the EU on goods but not on services.
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