On Friday Boris Johnson stood firm for Britain. Boris made a statement to the nation declaring unless the EU has a drastic change in their negotiation stance, then the UK will be leaving on an Australian style arrangement at the end of the year.
Yesterday Mr Gove slammed the EU saying the EU is “not serious about making the compromises necessary to secure a deal”. It’s been clear for several months that the UK wanted a free trade deal nothing more, nothing less. Instead, the EU is offering a deal with tentacles of control over our waters, state subsidies and trade.
By what the PM and Gove said over the weekend, it’s evident that the UK is going forward as an independent United Kingdom. Yet, the EU refuses to acknowledge this by pushing an arrangement that clearly doesn’t fit the UK’s vision going forward.
Micheal Gove said: “The European Union have not been willing to produce the detailed legal text. They’ve not been willing to intensify the talks in a way that would indicate that they were actually serious about reaching an agreement. At the same time, they’ve also insisted both that we accept a level of control over our autonomy that an independent country can’t really accept. At the same time, they’re saying that they should continue to have exactly the same access to our fishing Waters and our fishing stocks as before.”
Gove states the EU are not serious about arranging a deal, saying: “It seems to me to be the behaviour of an organization and an institution that is not serious about making the compromises necessary to secure a deal”.
With the cards entirely lay on the table, the situation is a deadlock, the only side that can now move is EU, and they know this. Time is running out, and the more time that passes, the more pressure Merkel and Macron will be under from big business to offer a free trade deal to the UK. As the old saying goes, the EU has a lot more to lose than the UK, especially as the EU has a £90 billion trade surplus with the UK.