Mr Gove – ‘We will be an independent coastal state. If people want to fish in our waters, we will decide’


In a significant address on Monday, Boris Johnson will set out his negotiating goals for trade discussions, which are anticipated to begin next month.

The EU implied the Brexit transition period should be extended, and has warned that there isn’t sufficient time to agree a comprehensive free trade deal by the end of the calendar year.

However, if Britain was prepared to exchange fishing accessibility, when asked, Mr Gove said:’No. We will be a different coastal country. We will decide if individuals would like to fish from our oceans.’

Cabinet minister Michael Gove stated this would imply the UK taking complete control of its laws, including the right to diverge from EU regulations. The EU has warned that there isn’t enough time to agree a free trade deal and suggested that the Brexit transition period should be extended.

But Mr Johnson will deny this on Monday. Downing Street said the UK wouldn’t take any oversight from the European Court of Justice, which Brussels wants to police the trade deal. ‘We voted to be independent. We wish to have a connection with the EU, like they have with Canada.

There’ll be some regulations that will differ in Britain, although that means we wish a connection where there are no tariffs, no quotas on our commerce. We’ll do things in a way that’s better for our economy.’Mr Johnson is also expected to rule out continuing with the EU’s state aid program, which restricts the support that governments can give to businesses that were struggling.

He added:’The more the UK will diverge to the market from EU standards they will have.’ Downing Street said yesterday that the PM was’evident that we are seeking a Canada-style free trade deal’ — where most products traded between the EU and UK are duty free — and wouldn’t extend the Brexit transition period beyond the end of the year.

The Prime Minister is expected to rule out EU demands for access to the UK’s fishing waters. In addition, he affirmed this was likely to mean the introduction of several regulatory and customs tests on imports and exports. This may imply tariffs on products such as French cheese automobiles and Italian wines.

A No 10 spokesman said:’We have control of our laws.’ European Council president Charles Michel cautioned yesterday that Mr Johnson’s negotiating lines were likely to mean obstacles to access for British exporters. France is seeking a warranty for trawlers, and Brussels has suggested EU access will be limited by it for the profitable financial services industry of the UK unless the Government caves in to its demands. ‘We want trade to be as frictionless as possible,’ he said,’but the EU is clear — you can have commerce should you accept all of their rules.

You’re subordinate to their judges Should all their legislation are accepted by you, you’re subordinate to their political structures. Cabinet minister Michael Gove explained this would mean the UK taking full charge of its own laws, such as the right.

Brussels is to be warned that EU exports to the UK will face tariffs unless a trade deal is agreed. But Mr Johnson warn the EU that failure to agree a deal would imply slapping tariffs by raising prices on many EU products, which could decrease demand.

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