A warning to the EU has been sent, the UK “will not be back to negotiate next year” if a trade deal doesn’t materialise by the end of the year. It has sent shockwaves through the EU as Boris stated on Friday that he is now shifting focus on leaving the transition period on an Australian style deal.
Over the weekend Gove said that the chance of a trade deal between the two sides had diminished dramatically. Yesterday the government urged businesses who deal with the EU to ramp up preparations for leaving the EU without a deal. The government also made it clear that there will not be another transition period and the end of the year.
While Boris hasn’t shut down talks with the EU in its entirety, there will be ground rules on why they meet. This comes after Boris said unless you want to talk about a real free trade deal like the Canada deal, then it’s pointless meeting for talks.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “We have been repeatedly clear that any agreement will need to be in place before the end of the transition period. We will not be back to negotiate further next year. We must provide assurance and certainty to our businesses and citizens, and endless prolonged negotiations won’t achieve this.”