The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the UK and European Union should get ready for no-deal Januari 1st – unless there is a “fundamental change of approach” from the European Union which is almost not possible given the outcome of the EU summit.
Boris Johnson released the bombshell earlier today during a TV broadcast in which he slammed Brussels for refusing to give Britain a Canada-style deal despite being members of the bloc for 45 years.
Mr Johnson pointed out that the UK will head for the Australia solution should the EU fail to come up with a “fundamental change in approach.”
“From the outset, we were totally clear that we wanted nothing more complicated than a Canada-style relationship based on friendship and free trade. To judge by the latest EU summit in Brussels, that won’t work for our EU partners.
“They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries in a way that is completely unacceptable to an independent country. And since we have only 10 weeks until the end of the transition period on January 1, I have to make a judgment about the likely outcome and get us ready.
“And given that they have refused to negotiate seriously for much of the last few months and given that this summit appears explicitly to rule out a Canada-style deal, I’ve concluded that we should get ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s based on simple principles of global free trade.”
Prime Minister reassured that the UK will “prosper mightily as an independent free-trading nation.”
“We can do it because we always knew there would be change on January 1 whatever type of relationship we had and so now is the time for our businesses, our hauliers, for travellers to get ready.
“And of course we are willing to discuss the practicalities with our friends where a lot of progress has already been made, by the way on such issues as social security and aviation, nuclear cooperation and so on.
“But for whatever reason, it is clear from the summit that after 45 years of membership, they are not willing, unless there is some fundamental change of approach, to offer this country the same terms as Canada.
“And so with high hearts and complete confidence, we will prepare to embrace the alternative and we will prosper mightily as an independent free trading nation, controlling our own borders, our fisheries and setting our own laws.
“And in the meantime, the Government will of course be focused on tackling Covid and building back better so that 2021 is a year of recovery and renewal.”
Speaking on whether he was walking away from trade talks, Mr Johnson said, “As far as I can see, they have abandoned the idea of a free trade deal – there doesn’t seem to be any progress coming from Brussels.
“So what we are saying to them is, ‘Come here, come to us if there is some fundamental change of approach’. Otherwise, we are more than happy to talk about the practicalities that I described – social security issues, road haulage and so on.
“But unless there is a fundamental change in approach, we are going to go for the Australia solution. And we should do it with great confidence – as I said, high hearts and confidence because we can do it.
“There was always going to be changes on January 1 but it is becoming clear that the EU don’t want to do the type of Canada deal that we originally asked for.”
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage was quick to note that Mr Jonson was now reaching the right solution, and tweeted, “A Canada-style deal was always impossible given the Withdrawal Agreement.”
A canada-style deal was always impossible given the withdrawal agreement. Boris now reaching the right solution. https://t.co/TsT6sZbKUg
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) October 16, 2020