Britain's negotiating mandate for trade talks with the European Union was approved by Senior British cabinet ministers on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Iran Press/ Middle East: A spokesman of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters: "It was a very smooth process to agree our approach, which will restore our economic and political independence."

"The approach is based on existing free trade agreements between the EU and other countries," he said.

Johnson chaired the meeting of senior ministers on his Brexit committee, straits times reported.

on the other hand, in Brussels, EU ministers formally adopted on Tuesday a joint negotiating mandate ahead of talks with Britain meant to define the future relationship with the former member state.

"We look forward to engaging with the EU constructively following the publication of their mandate," Johnson's spokesman said.

He added: "The UK's primary objective in the negotiations is to ensure we restore our economic and political independence on January 1, 2021."

"At the end of this year, we will be leaving the single market and customs union and taking back control of our own laws and our own trade," the spokesman continued.

Britain's mandate will be published on Thursday. Talks with the EU will begin in Brussels on Monday and a second phase will take place in London later in March.

The negotiations cover trade, security, and defense. They are designed to define future EU-UK ties following Britain's departure from the bloc on Jan 31. 104/207

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