United Kingdom gets ready for no deal with EU

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 19, 2020

Mr Barnier had planned to be in London on Monday but Lord Frost told him not to come unless he was prepared to bring a "fundamental" change of approach to the negotiations.

European leaders, however, have tasked negotiator Michel Barnier to continue talks.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "Lord Frost has spoken to Michel Barnier to update the European Union on the Prime Minister's statement".

"There was accordingly no basis for negotiations in London as of Monday".

"He and Michel Barnier agreed to talk again early next week".

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he thought Johnson had signalled that London was ready to compromise.

An aide to the United Kingdom leader later ramped up the rhetoric further by adding that trade talks were over unless Brussels "fundamentally shifts its position".

"We're certainly not saying that if they do change their position we can't talk to them", he told the BBC.

"It is not my preferred destination", Gove said in an opinion piece in the Sunday Times.

Mr Johnson had said on Friday that Britain should get ready for a deal with the European Union similar to the one Australia has, "based on simple principles of global free trade".

He said businesses and individuals should now prepare to start trading with the European Union on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules like Australia when the current Brexit transition period ends at the end of the year.

Led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, they said the UK Internal Market Bill has "enormous moral, as well as political and legal, consequences" by paving the way for a breach of worldwide law by overriding parts of the Withdrawal Agreement with Brussels.

"That was pretty clear from the conclusions of the summit".

"The steps that business needs to take whether or not we have a Canada-style free trade agreement or we leave on Australian terms are very similar and. business has risen to that challenge in a very pragmatic way".

"The move was so transparant not even the markets bought it", one diplomat said after the pound shrugged off Mr Johnson's threat.

Industry has reacted with alarm at the suggestion, warning of the damage to an economy already stricken by coronavirus if there was no deal by the end of the year.

Merkel called for Britain to compromise.

"Neither side can afford to fall at the final fence".

It comes as business said a deal was vital to help the post-Covid recovery.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Mike Hawes warned it would have a "devastating impact" on the automotive sector, hitting jobs "in every region of Britain".

The two sides have been trying to strike a deal on trade and other relations before then, but months of talks have been stalled on the issue of fishing and rules to ensure fair competition.

"I have 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", Johnson said.

"We are determined to reach a deal but not at any cost".

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