This morning Robert Jenrick was asked by Kay Burley “What happened to that oven-ready deal that we were told about?”. Robert fired back saying our preferred stance is free trade deal but if it means leaving the transition period on an Australian style deal then we are more than happy to do so.
Robert said: “Well, we secured a deal, that deal enables us to leave the European Union as we promised at the end of January. We’ve now spent the rest of this year trying to negotiate a trading arrangement with the EU, one that we would like which is similar to other countries like Canada. We haven’t been able to do that. ‘
“Thus far the EU has not shown the flexibility that we would wish them to have shown so that unless something changes, unless they’re willing to come back to us and show that degree of flexibility and maturity, we’ll leave at the end of the year, the transition period and trade on the sort of arrangements that Australia has and a number of other countries have around the world.”
“That’s not our preference, but it’s an unacceptable trading relationship. I think it’s important that we move forward because business needs certainty, the country wants to move forward, no one wants to delay are exit from the transition period with no intention of doing that.”