The Brexiteer MP said a permission-based system would be “inordinately complex” and unnecessary.
Asked why he thinks trade deals are "very easy", the former Ukip MP said: “If you tend to think that trade happens between countries as a favour and if you believe that a trade deal is basically a permission-based system, like the single market or the TTIP system, you’ll be absolutely right to think of it as inordinately complex and difficult.
Douglas Carswell said free trade deals did not need to be "complex and difficult"
If it’s legal to buy and sell a product in California, it should be legal to buy and sell it in Clacton
“But I’m not sure that that’s what a trade deal needs to be… I think free trade would be relatively straightforward between the United Kingdom and America.
“If it’s legal to buy and sell a product in California, it should be legal to buy and sell it in Clacton. Of course there’ll be some caveats.
“Generally speaking, you don’t need a permission-based system. When Peter Mandelson and people talk about a trade deal, they’re talking about creating a single set of rules and you cannot by law buy and sell things unless you comply with that common, uniform standard.
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According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
“That allows every lobbyist, everyone who runs a lobbying company, every commissioner in the EU and every former commissioner in the EU who has insight into how these rules are drafted to have a say and I don’t think that’s a very good way of facilitating the free exchange of goods and services and ideas.”
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Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s trade envoy for South East Asia has called for Britain to re-build negotiation skills the country had before handing them over to the European Union.
Mr Graham, Theresa May’s trade envoy to the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and the ASEAN economic bloc, said forging the UK’s trade agreements would “take time” but work was already being done.