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Boris Johnson: UK will ‘prosper mightily’ even without a Brexit deal
UK prime minister calls on the EU to be ‘sensible’ and agree to a Canada-style deal.
Updated 9/4/20, 7:11 PM CET
LONDON — The EU should be “sensible” and give the U.K. a Brexit deal of the sort it gave to Canada, the U.K.’s prime minister said Friday, stressing Britain is ready for any Brexit scenario at the end of the year.
Speaking to Sky News, Boris Johnson said the public needed to understand the changes coming after the Brexit transition ends on December 31 and the U.K. severs its ties with the EU, but stressed Britain “will get through this.”
In a message seemingly targeted at his counterparts in the EU, Johnson said: “It’s absolutely vital that our partners understand that the U.K. is going to do what we need to do. If we have to have an Australia-style deal, an Australia-style solution, then that is what we will achieve, and we will prosper mightily one way or the other.”
The future relationship negotiations have hit a deadlock as neither the EU nor the U.K. want to give in on state aid or fisheries — the two biggest sticking points preventing them from signing a deal. The seventh round of talks ended in Brussels with almost no progress, boosting pessimism on both sides of the Channel.
Johnson said the EU could “be sensible and give us a Canada-style solution,