The Prime Minister is set to tell the EU on Monday that if an agreement is not reached by both sides before the October 15 deadline, they should “accept that and move on.” A statement released to the press, revealed Mr Johnson’s proposition ahead of the start of the new round of discussions set to begin on Tuesday in London.
The statement reads: “If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free-trade agreement between us, and we should both accept that and move on.
“We will then have a trading arrangement with the EU like Australia’s.
“I want to be absolutely clear that, as we have said right from the start, that would be a good outcome for the UK.
“As a government we are preparing, at our borders and at our ports, to be ready for it.
“We will have full control over our laws, our rules, and our fishing waters.”
Mr Johnson has been insisting on the prospect of a trade deal similar to the one the EU currently has with Canada.
However, the EU has rejected that possibility due to the UK’s geographical proximity to the EU.
The Prime Minister said: “Even at this late stage, if the EU are ready to rethink their current positions and agree this I will be delighted.
“But we cannot and will not compromise on the fundamentals of what it means to be an independent country to get it.”
Lord Frost added that the EU “have not accepted that in key areas of our national life we want to be able to control our own laws and do things our way and use the freedoms that come after Brexit.”
“We are not going to be a client state.
“We are not going to compromise on the fundamentals of having control over our own laws.
“We are not going to accept level playing field provisions that lock us in to the way the EU do things; we are not going to accept provisions that give them control over our money or the way we can organise things here in the UK and that should not be controversial – that’s what being an independent country is about, that’s what the British people voted for and that’s what will happen at the end of the year, come what May.”
Published at Mon, 07 Sep 2020 03:26:00 +0000