Euroskeptic lawmaker says UK 'cowed' by EU in Brexit talks

Euroskeptic lawmaker says UK 'cowed' by EU in Brexit talks
FILE- In this Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 file photo, British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels. Britain's top Brexit official Davis said Wednesday Jan. 24, 2018, that European Union citizens will remain free to settle in the U.K. for about two years after the country leaves the European bloc in 2019. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, FILE)

LONDON (AP) — A prominent pro-Brexit British politician is accusing the government of being “cowed” by the European Union during Brexit negotiations.

Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg plans to say in a speech Thursday that Britain must not be “timid and cowering” as it negotiates its exit.

In advance extracts, he has accused British negotiators of acting like “we must accept what the EU will allow us to do and build from there. This is no way to negotiate and it is no way for this country to behave.”

Rees-Mogg is seeking to pressure the government as it begins negotiating future relations with the EU.

He’s a leader of the “hard Brexit” faction in Parliament, which wants Britain to leave the EU single market and customs union in order to forge new economic relationships.