Up to 89 percent agreed with Mr Javid’s statement, amounting to 10,656 participants in the exclusive Express.co.uk poll. This is compared to 10 percent who disagreed with the remarks, which was 1,283 readers. A total of one percent clicked the ‘don’t know’ option – 143 readers.
The poll saw data collected from 12,082 readers on Saturday 18 January from 11.42am to 6pm.
Comments widely reflected the poll result.
One said: “Agree 100 percent. I want a complete divorce of everything connected to them.”
Another said: “The UK is set to become the Singapore of Europe and we need to be completely autonomous.”
A third said: “Life does exist beyond the EU.”
A fourth added: “We have to, there would be zero point in leaving otherwise, at last we see common sense.”
Another said: “Sajid is 100 per cent right, 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU, so leave means leave, total independence.”
Anther comment read: “Divorce never a happy time but for the best, it’s a time of separation and living separate lives. we are divorcing the EU. we should of course live by our rules.
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Mr Javid said Britain would not be bound by the rules of the customs union or the single market come the end of the year – when the EU transition period comes to an end.
The Chancellor told the Financial Times: “There will not be alignment, we will not be a rule-taker, we will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union – and we will do this by the end of the year.
“We’re talking about companies that have known since 2016 that we are leaving the EU.
”However, there is concern from some UK business sectors about leaving the current trading partnership without a new deal to reduce border friction.”
Mr Javid admitted that some businesses may not benefit from Brexit, but added that the UK economy would ultimately continue to thrive in the long-term.
He said: “Once we’ve got this agreement in place with our European friends, we will continue to be one of the most successful economies on Earth.”
But the comments haven’t been welcome by everyone as they are in stark contrast to Theresa May’s Brexit deal in which she envisaged close alignment with the EU, in an effort to reduce friction at the border for traders.
The Food and Drink Federation said it sounded like the “death knell” for frictionless trade with the EU and was likely to cause food prices to rise.
Tim Rycroft, chief operating officer of the Food and Drink Federation, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that “it sounds awfully like the death knell for the concept of frictionless trade with the EU”.