Britain should prepare for final no-deal break with Brussels

Daniel Fowler
October 18, 2020

The EU had been planning for its chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to travel to London for more talks next week, but Johnson's spokesman said: "There is only any point. if he's prepared to discuss all of the issues on the basis of legal texts in an accelerated way, without the United Kingdom being required to make all of the moves".

European Council President Charles Michel, who is chairing the two-day summit in Brussels, said there was a need for more political will to cut greenhouse gases.

The official was referring to Johnson's comment that he had concluded Britain should get ready for arrangements that are more like Australia's after January 1.

The summit outcome appeared to rule out a comprehensive, Canada-style free trade agreement between the European Union and Britain, Johnson said, accusing the 27-nation bloc of failing "to negotiate seriously" in recent months.

'But unless there is a fundamental change in approach, we are going to go for the Australia solution.

"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 and setting our own laws", he added.

Earlier today German Chancellor Angela Merkel had urged Mr Johnson not to abandon the talks.

"The state of our talks is not that we are stumbling over the issue of fishing, which is the British's tactical argument, but we're stumbling over everything".

What a no deal Brexit means in practice is that Britain would conduct its business with Europe on the standard terms of the World Trade Organization.

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Sebastien Galy, a macro strategist at Nordea, said Johnson was "likely to call an end to negotiations with the European Union".

"And so that seems to me to be the behaviour of an organisation and an institution that is not serious about making the compromises necessary to secure a deal", Gove said.

Officials in Brussels say Mr Barnier is still planning to travel tomorrow to London for further discussions, despite warnings from Downing Street that he might not get the warmest of welcomes.

Businesses have warned that a failure to reach a deal will accentuate the damage done by the Covid pandemic.

The EU is obviously not interested in signing a free trade agreement similar to that with Canada.

Following the UK's Prime Minister's update to on Brexit negotiations, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has expressed huge concern.

At their Brussels summit, European Union leaders demanded Britain compromise on fair trade rules to unblock the stalled post-Brexit talks. "In that case, it doesn't make much sense to put a lot more energy in the negotiations", the official said. "We have asked the United Kingdom to remain open to compromise, so that an agreement can be reached".

"The EU continues to work for a deal, but not at any price", von der Leyen tweeted.

But the two sides remain deadlocked in a number of key areas, including on post-Brexit fishing rights with French President Emmanuel Macron adamant he will not drop his hardline stance on keeping current levels of access to British waters.

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