He told the Mail on Sunday: “This is Brussels playing hardball.
“They’re ticking every box and crossing every T.
“Last year, there were no restrictions for us, but at one minute past midnight on January 1 we became toxic.”
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove blasted the EU regulations for threatening UK horticultural trade.
He said: “It does not threaten the integrity of the EU single market to have bulbs ordered from a wholesaler in Scotland or England, which will then be planted in a garden in Belfast or Ballymena.”
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Katherine Tai, President Biden’s top trade nominee, slammed the brakes on the talks, pointing to a lot of “developments” since they began in 2018 and the priority of defeating the Covid-19 threat. She said there was a need to “review the discussions and the negotiations so far, in the light of all of these developments”.
But Washington’s new position, reported by Express.co.uk, sparked outrage in the UK with many critics questioning the so-called “Special Relationship” between Britain and the US.
One furious Express.co.uk reader said: “Tell them to stick their trade deal where the sun doesn’t shine!
“It’s not a trade deal! It’s a CON! We always end up giving more and receiving less and receiving inferior substandard goods. Plus being ripped off!”
Another said: “It’s high time to review our relationship with the US, no more lap dog attitude.
“It’s time for the UK to make its own decisions, special relationship has always been one way.”
Another reader said: “Ignore this man, the American economy is failing and he needs trade. He will be over-ruled by his government.”