Newsnight host Emily Maitlis then asked Mr Hannan whether the UK needs to trade sovereignty in exchange for a bilateral trade deal with the bloc, which the former MEP rubbished.
He said: “That is emphatically not what we are doing, because after the rejection of the Salzburg terms when we were told ‘Look if you want to leave it’s got to be on the simple Canada type deals’, we only looked at extant deals that the EU has already done.
“With South Korea, with Japan, with Canada. We did not ask for things that went beyond them, and so we’re not asking for anything unprecedented.
“The EU isn’t claiming that we’re asking for something so unusual that it needs to have sovereignty, their argument bizarrely is that they need to have some oversight of our standards because we’re nearby.”