Boris Johnson keeps talking with EU but says UK should prepare for no-deal
British prime minister said EU has ‘refused to negotiate seriously.’
LONDON — The British prime minister will continue to negotiate with the EU, but accused Brussels of failing to engage in negotiations for a Canada-style deal.
In a TV video clip released Friday, Johnson said the U.K. should get ready for a no-deal from January 2021.
“From the outset we were totally clear that we wanted nothing more complicated that a Canada-style relationship based on friendship and free trade. To judge by the latest EU summit in Brussels that won’t work for our EU partners. They want their continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is completely unacceptable to an independent party,” he said.
Johnson added: “Given that they have refused to negotiate seriously for much of the last few months and given that this summit appears to rule out a Canada-style deal, I have concluded that we should get ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s, based on simple principles of global free trade.”
The U.K. will be willing to “listen” if there is a “fundamental change in approach” from the EU, Johnson added. Otherwise, the U.K. will go for the “Australia solution” — namely, no-deal.
EU leaders met in Brussels for a European Council summit Thursday and Friday and called “on the U.K. to make the necessary moves to make an agreement possible.”