In Brexit, what does “not compromise sovereignty” mean?

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In the Brexit negotiations there have been various pledges and demands that the final agreement will "not compromise [UK] sovereignty". E.g:

What does it mean to "compromise sovereignty"? Surely in any agreement both the EU and the UK will promise to do some things and not do others. Isn't any such agreement a compromise over things that a sovereign state can do?

Edit: In response to answers so far. This is not a question about European policy or what the government or EU are thinking. Its about the narrow question of what this phrase actually means, if anything.

There seems to be a split here between what I will call "practical sovereignty" and "legal sovereignty". Practical sovereignty seems to be defined as the ability to get things done and make decisions in the best interests of the people of the UK, while legal sovereignty seems to be defined as the freedom to make laws without being restricted by other countries, regardless of the practical impact. The conflict between the two stems from the hegemonic effect of having the EU next door.

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