The Chairman of the European Research Group (ERG) hit out at Mr Fisher’s “myths” as he noted Australia and New Zealand have a strong relationship. The former aide to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed must align solely with EU standards or US standards. Mr Fisher hit out at the UK for being having a small amount of trading power.
Speaking on BBC Two’s Politics Live, Mr Fisher said: “Britain is never going to be this sovereign independent nation.
“We are a medium to large size nation, in terms of trading power we’re small and independently we will be minute.
“You either have to align with US standards or you need to align with European standards.
“There is no half-way house. You either trade with the EU predominantly and meet their standards or you don’t trade with them.”
Mr Baker interjected: “This is the reason for the article today, we need to explode this myth about follow one set of standards of the other.
“It’s a complete myth. The UK will be an independent country setting its own standards as it sees fit and with the consent of Parliament and public.
“But Australia and New Zealand have an incredibly close trading relationship but it’s based on mutual recognition and not harmonisation.
“We need to get used to the idea of what it means to be an independent country making our own rules, in our own Parliament.”
It comes as Tory peer Lord Marland revealed that Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron could turn on Ursula von der Leyen and the Brussels leadership.
Mr Marland explained the German chancellor in particular needs to secure a trade deal this year, amid a stalling economy.
This conflicts with European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen’s dismissal of Boris Johnson’s timetable, and the continued threats coming out of Brussels.
Speaking to RT, Lord Marland said: “Businesses won’t forgive politicians if Brexit isn’t sorted quickly.
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“But I think the penny has dropped for European business.
“But, the European government, Brussels, has been obdurate all the way through.
“It will be interesting to see how much pressure they will be put under by the leaders of the countries like Macron and Merkel to speed up what should be a very reasonable trade deal.”
The former cabinet minister said: “If not, it would be a no deal which would be disastrous for both parties but more so for the Europeans."