By Caribbean News Global
LONDON, England – UK Prime minister Boris Johnson on Friday, gave an update on negotiation with the European Union (EU) ever since the UK left on January 31, which “ delivered on the largest democratic mandate in the history of this country.”
“We have been in a transition period obeying EU law, paying our fees – as a non-voting member – working on the future relationship we hope to enjoy with our friends and partners from January,” prime minister Johnson explained. “From the outset, we were totally clear that we wanted nothing more complicated than a Canada-style relationship, based on friendship and free trade. To judge by the latest EU summit in Brussels that will not work for our EU partners. They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is obviously unacceptable to an independent country. And since we have only ten weeks until the end of the transition period on January 1, I have to make a judgment about the likely outcome and to get us all ready.”
Prime minister Johnson held the view that “given that they have refused to negotiate seriously for much of the last few months, and given that this summit appears explicitly 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. And we can do it, because we always knew that there would be change on January 1 whatever type of relationship we had. So now is the time for our businesses to get ready, and for hauliers to get ready, and for travellers to get ready.”
The UK Johnson said: “Is willing to discuss the practicalities with our friends where a lot of progress has already been made, by the way, on such issues as social security, and aviation, nuclear cooperation and so on. But for whatever reason it is clear from the summit that after 45 years of membership they are not willing – unless there is some fundamental change of approach – to offer this country the same terms as Canada.”
“So, with high hearts and complete confidence we will prepare to embrace the alternative. We will prosper mightily as an independent free-trading nation, controlling our own borders, our fisheries, and setting our own laws. And in the meantime, the government will be focussing on tackling COVID and building back better so that 2021 is a year of recovery and renewal,” said prime minister Johnson.