With the EU continuing their refusal to offer the UK a real free trade deal, time is running out on the EU’s plan which was to manipulate the UK in the hopes the UK retracts from its redlines.
Today on Tal kRadio Liz Truss stated that there is no reason why the EU can’t agree to a Canada-style free trade deal with the UK. Liz noted that the UK wouldn’t be signing up to an agreement which isn’t in the British interests as we leave the transition period. Boris Johnson has also stated last week on the Andrew Marr show that we are looking for a free trade deal with the EU but if one isn’t found then Britain is resilient and will leave without a deal.
Liz said: “My view is that as you get closer to the deadline, it focuses minds.
“We want a Canada-style deal with the EU.
“They’ve already signed up to it with Canada, there’s no reason they shouldn’t sign up to it with us.
“It’s in their interests and in our interests.
“And we need to get to that conclusion. But what we’re not going to do is sign up to a deal that allows continued control of the ECJ or does over Britain’s fisheries or anything else like that.
“So we are only going sign up to a deal that is right for Britain.”
With this being said, Barnier has been going around the fishing nations in the EU to seek movement on their redlines around fisheries, but so far they haven’t budged.
Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, warned: “Barnier is trying to twist fisheries ministers’ arms, but my understanding is that he hasn’t been successful in doing that.
“I think the message he is getting is: you have a mandate, and within that mandate, you have several cards to play.”
As the EU tries to scramble away for a deal to move forward, the Canada style free trade deal which was initially offered at the start of the Brexit progress is still waiting in the wings. Many MP’s continue to say to Boris ‘hold the line’ and ‘don’t move on the redlines’.