UK Says Post-Brexit Trade Talks ‘Finished’, Boris Johnson is Upset

UK Says Post-Brexit Trade Talks ‘Finished’, Boris Johnson is Upset

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was now time to prepare for a Brexit no-trade deal unless the European Union fundamentally changes course, bluntly telling Brussels that it is not in use for nothing more to talk about.

A tumultuous ‘no deal’ end to the five-year Brexit crisis in the UK would wreak havoc on delicate supply chains stretching across Britain, the EU and beyond, as the coup economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic is worsening.

At what was supposed to be the ‘Brexit summit’ on Thursday, the EU issued an ultimatum: it expressed concern about a lack of progress and called on London to give in on major sticking points or see a severance of ties with the January 1 bloc.“I concluded that we should prepare for Jan. 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s based on simple principles of global free trade,” Johnson said.

“With a high heart and with complete confidence, we will prepare to embrace the alternative and we will prosper mightily as an independent free trade nation, controlling and making our own laws. “

EU heads of government, who concluded a summit in Brussels on Friday, were quick to say they wanted a trade deal and that negotiations would continue, but not at any cost.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader, said it would be best to get a deal and compromises on both sides would be needed. French President Emmanuel Macron has said Britain needs a Brexit deal more than the 27-nation EU.

Johnson’s spokesman said shortly after the talks were now over and there was no point in EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier coming to London next week unless there was a change approach.

“The trade negotiations are over: the EU has effectively ended them by saying that it does not want to change its negotiating position,” said its spokesperson.

EU heads of government, who concluded a summit in Brussels on Friday, were quick to say they wanted a trade deal and that negotiations would continue, but not at any cost.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader, said it would be best to get a deal and compromises on both sides would be needed. French President Emmanuel Macron has said Britain needs a Brexit deal more than the 27-nation EU.

Johnson’s spokesman said shortly after the talks were now over and there was no point in EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier coming to London next week unless there was a change approach.

“The trade negotiations are over: the EU has effectively ended them by saying that it does not want to change its negotiating position,” said its spokesperson.

 

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