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Britain to set out goals for trade talks with EU - PM Johnson's spokesman

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Innovation Zone during the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Britain January 20, 2020. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will publicly set out its goals for its future partnership with the European Union, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, in a speech expected to take place early next month.

“We will set out in public what we want to achieve,” the spokesman said in response to questions about trade talks with the EU after Britain leaves the bloc on Jan. 31.

The spokesman said that although there will be equivalence of rules at first after Brexit, Britain does not want alignment in the future and would pursue a free trade agreement similar to the one between the EU and Canada.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, writing by Alistair Smout, editing by William Schomberg