Today the EU’s ultimatum has dramatically backfired as Boris now presses the go-ahead for an Australian style trade deal. Boris said the door is still open, but without a fundamental change in negotiations, we will survive outside the EU on a bare-bones agreement something similar to Australia.
Boris said: “We left the European Union on January 31st and delivered on the largest Democratic mandate in the history of this country, and since then we’ve been in a transition period obeying EU law, paying our fees as a non-voting member working on the future relationship.”
“We hope to enjoy with our friends and partners from January and from the outset. We were totally clear that we wanted nothing more complicated than a Canada style relationship based on friendship and free trade.”
Boris then exposed the EU, saying they haven’t been willing to accept the UK as an independent country. Boris said: “To judge by the latest EU Summit in Brussels that won’t work for our EU Partners. They want the continued ability to control our legislative Freedom our Fisheries in a way that is completely unacceptable to an independent country.”
“Since we have only ten weeks until the end of the transition period in January, I have to make a judgment about the likely outcome and to get us all ready and given that they have refused to negotiate seriously for much of the last few months and given that this Summit appears explicitly to rule out a Canada style deal.”
“I’ve concluded that we should get ready for January 1st with Arrangements that are more like Australia’s based on simple principles of global free trade.”
Boris concluded by saying: “For whatever reason, it’s clear from the Summit that after 45 years of membership, they are not willing unless there’s some fundamental change of approach to offer this country the same terms as Canada and so with High hearts and with complete confidence, we will prepare to embrace the alternative, and we will prosper mightily as an independent free trading Nation controlling our own borders our fisheries and setting our own laws, and in the meantime, the government will, of course, be focusing on tackling covid and building back better. So that 2021 is a year of recovery and renewal. Thank you very much.”