The UK minister overseeing the country's departure from the European Union has expressed confidence in the country's ability to secure a new free trade agreement with the EU.
David Davis, the secretary of state for exiting the EU, has stated during an interview with the BBC that he is "pretty sure" that a post-Brexit free trade deal is attainable, although he added that he is "not certain" due to the fluid nature of the negotiating process.
Mr Davis said other EU states have also shown a strong interest in securing a fair deal with Britain, adding that his European counterpart in the negotiations, Michel Barnier, is just as keen to come to an agreement.
The minister was also questioned on the prospect of the UK's willingness to walk away from negotiations without any deal in place, responding that the country remains wary about the prospect of being forced to accept an agreement on punitive terms.
Mr Davis said: "We cannot have a circumstance where the other side says that they are going to punish you. So if that happens then there is a walk-away, and we have to plan for that."