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With a take-it-or-leave-it offer, he will state that Brussels has a choice between a tariff-free trade deal, similar to the one struck with Canada, or an model. In essence, the version would be a continuation of the withdrawal agreement struck. The keynote speech comes as an influential group of Tory MPs push for Mr Johnson to be ambitious and start building a Commonwealth-wide trade deal.
It follows calls from the Conservative Party for a immigration agreement between Canada Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
In echoes of Margaret Thatcher’s tough tactics that forced the EU to give Britain the rebate in 1984, Mr Johnson is expected to say”no, no, no” — stressing that there will be no”no alignment, no jurisdiction of the European courts and no concessions”.
Sources confirm he will present his blueprint for the trade talks to an audience of ambassadors, business leaders and think-tanks at a London venue with links to trade, less than 72 hours after the exit from the EU of Britain.
We’re happy to pursue both.” In a message to the EU and America, Mr Johnson will lay out his lines. He is expected to say that the NHS”will not be on the table in any trade talks”.
There will be no relaxation of food hygiene rules, workers’ rights and protections.
The PM will point out that UK standards outstrip those of the EU in key areas like single-use plastics, the minimum wage and maternity leave.
The message can also be aimed at scaremongering by Labour and Remainers, who have claimed there will be lower standards after Brexit.
Mr Johnson’s tough message to the EU comes after historical demands from Brussels which Britain agrees to orientation following EU rules permits access to its fishing waters and leaves open its borders to movement.
UK negotiators, led by civil servant David Frost, are now aiming to secure an agreement as ambitious as the deal of Canada. Mr Johnson will note that countries like Japan and Canada have not had to sign up to EU rules and will say Britain anticipates”comparable treatment”. He will also concentrate on unleashing the country’s potential now it is free to create its own decisions.
He’ll confirm that talks with Australia, the US, New Zealand and Japan will happen at the exact same time and they’ll be given equal weight — placing additional pressure to compromise on Brussels.
The Prime Minister plans to take Britain’s seat at the first chance on the World Trade Organisation.
Meanwhile, a letter signed by 16 Tory MPs due to be sent to the PM proposing a Commonwealth trade deal to revive the organisation and compete with the EU
The letter, drafted by Sir John Hayes, notes: “The combined GDP of the Commonwealth family will soon dwarf the EU. So, as a first step, now’s the time to develop a reciprocally beneficial trade deal between the nations and dominions of the Queen’s kingdom, comprising 16 realms and 31 territories.” The realms include the Caribbean countries and Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and dependencies such as the Falklands and Gibraltar.
The letter adds: “A new trading bloc would secure our common wealth for the common good.”
In further developments, Canada could formally propose a”Canzuk” arrangement within just two decades, potential Canadian PM Erin O’Toole said last night.
The non-political union would see Canada, Australia, New Zealand and bolster defence sharing, Britain ease migration and boost trade.
Together, the”natural allies” accounts for more than #4.3trillion in gross domestic income and approximately 10 percent of the world’s wealth.
Speaking last night, Mr O’Toole, a former minister in a Conservative leadership contest, said:”There’s a real chance of another general election in 18 months. If I become PM I will prioritise Canzuk through counterparts and Mr Johnson in NZ and Australia.
“There is a potential that this would form a very real working class and lead to substantive efforts right from the gate.”
In Australia, Liberal Senator Eric Abetz, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said:”I feel this would make us the envy of the world.
“We might, in fact, encourage Canzuk members to have mutual rights such as the EU. For tourists and trade, given our commonality, there is a real scope to get greater free trade.”
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