The EU isn't trying to sabotage the UK's attempts to make trade deals with other countries. The issue is these trade deals aren't ready and we are heavily reliant on trade with the EU. We need a couple of years at least to make a trade deal with the EU and finalise other arrangements. They will grant this as part of a transition period, if we agree to remain bound to their customs rules until the border situation between Ireland and Northern Ireland is sorted out. However, while we are bound by these rules, we will be unable to implement trade deals with countries outside the EU.