With Boris Johnson heading for the exit on an Australian style agreement, the EU are playing down that fact that they played a high risk strategy and blew it. Speaking to Channel 4, an Irish minister claimed “the country that needs a deal the most is the UK.” Boris said the opposite, instead Boris has high hearts as we now focus on leaving the EU on an Australian style agreement, leaving the EU in tatters.
Boris wanted a free trade deal but was refused by the EU. 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 obviously unacceptable to an independent country.”
”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 have concluded that we should get ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s based on simple principles of global free trade.”
“So with high hearts and 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.”