Remainer Lord Mandelson shutdown by BBC host over EU plans 'why bind yourself ...

REMAINER Lord Peter Mandelson was grilled by BBC radio host Nick Robinson as the Labour peer suggested the UK should have realignment with the EU as Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicks off trade talks.

PUBLISHED: 10:34, Mon, Feb 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:35, Mon, Feb 3, 2020

Labour peer Peter Mandelson insisted Britain must have realignment with the EU as it would be of “commercial advantage” but was shutdown for suggesting the idea. BBC’s Nick Robinson noted it might make Britain very “uncompetitive”. It comes as Boris Johnson has threatened to walk away without a Brexit trade deal rather than accepting EU rules as battle lines were being drawn up by the two sides.

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Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Mandelson said: “My proposal would be this. First of all to seek alignment with EU rules where we can.

“Where there’s a clear commercial advantage for Britain to do so; no skin off our noses to do so.

“Secondly to continue to operate European environmental labour and other standards and put these into the agreement because the Government has already rejected a strategy of undercutting EU producers.

“In other words, pursue a process of negotiation that tries to identify a sector by sector mutual interest and mutual advantage between ourselves and the EU rather than pursuing confrontation for the sake of it.

READ MORE: UK threatens to walk away from EU talks ’We don’t NEED trade deal'

Lord Peter MandelsonLord Peter Mandelson was grilled by BBC radio host Nick Robinson (Image: GETTY )

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson has threatened to walk away without a Brexit trade deal (Image: GETTY)

Mr Robinson interjected: “There’s a logic in what you say, ministers say they don’t want to undercut so, why not put it in writing, you say.

“Isn’t the difficulty this, you don’t know what the EU

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