Boris Johnson responds to EU Commission President Von De Leyen…We are clear “We want a Canada style Free Trade Agreement”

Boris Johnson

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Ms Von De Leyen caused wide spread criticism after she said the British need to establish clear ground rules on its approach in these trade negotiations. David Frost who is Boris Johnson’s Chief Negotiator has reacted to this comment by readying his team to publish a draft free trade deal before the next round of talks kick off next week.

Von def Leyen said to reporters: “We are aware that there are differences in the approach towards what scope should the future agreement have and what are – if I may say so – the rules of the game everybody has to abide to.

“So it will be important that the UK makes up its mind – the closer they want to have access to the single market, the more they have to play by the rules that are the rules of the single market.

“If this is not the UK’s choice then, of course, they will be more distant and it will be more difficult for the UK to access the single market.
“So I think it’s up to the UK within the negotiations to think about the trade-offs they want to take into account.”  

Downing Street quickly responded with “the government has clearly laid out its position.”

He said: “The UK has made up its mind very decisively and has been very clear about what it wants from its future relationship with the EU.”

The Prime Minister continues his stance saying he prefers a Canada-style trade agreement with the EU after Brexit. “Discussions in some areas identified a degree of common understanding of the ground that future talks could cover. 

“In other areas, notably fisheries, governance and dispute settlement, and the so-called ‘level playing field’, there were, as expected, significant differences.

“The next negotiating round will take place on 18-20 March in London. 

“The UK expects to table a number of legal texts, including a draft FTA, beforehand.” 

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