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16.10.2020 | Boris stuns Brussels by tearing up trade talks - prepare for no deal
Source - The Daily Express

The Prime Minister announced the dramatic move in a televised statement. Mr Johnson hit out at the EU for refusing to hand Britain a Canada-style deal despite being members for 45 years. He said unless there is a "fundamental change in approach" from Brussels then the UK will go for the "Australia solution”. The Prime Minister said: "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. He said unless there is a "fundamental change in approach" from Brussels then the UK will go for the "Australia solution”. The Prime Minister said: "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. "Unless there is a fundamental change of approach, we're going to go for the Australia solution. And we should do it with great confidence. "It's becoming clear the EU don't want to do the type of Canada deal that we originally asked for. “It does seem curious that after 45 years of our membership they can offer Canada terms they won't offer us." The Prime Minister’s update comes after he previously insisted the UK would walk away from the negotiating table if there was no deal by the European Council meeting on October 15. In a text adopted by the summit of EU leaders on Thursday, Brussels signalled it was willing to continue trade talks but demanded the UK "make the necessary moves to make an agreement possible". UK chief negotiator Lord Frost blasted the response in a statement yesterday. French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday refused to back down on the issue. He said: "Under any circumstance, our fishermen should not be sacrificed for Brexit," he said. "If these conditions are not met, it's possible we won't have a deal. “If the right terms can't be found at the end of these discussions, we're ready for a no-deal for our future relations." Meanwhile, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte suggested Britain would not be prepared to abandon negotiations without an agreement in place. He said: "Britain has already imposed so many deadlines that came and went."


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