London is raising the stakes ahead of talks on a future relationship with Brussels, the Daily Telegraph says.
LONDON – Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson is going to warn Brussels that the UK will not make concessions in trade negotiations with the European Union. This is stated in the Sunday electronic versions of the main British Newspapers, which provide excerpts from the upcoming speech of the Prime Minister.
In a speech scheduled for February 3 in London to business leaders, foreign ambassadors, and think tank leaders, Johnson is expected to say that London will not allow “agreement [with the EU’s General rules and regulations], the jurisdiction of European courts, or concessions.”
At the same time, the UK will seek to conclude a free trade agreement with the EU similar to what the EU has with Canada. It allows duty-free trade, but introduces several customs checks on goods and does not cover the important UK market for services. But if this does not work, then London is ready to trade with the EU on less favorable terms.
“There are only two possible outcomes of the negotiations – a free trade agreement like Canada’s or a less developed agreement like Australia’s. And we are ready to seek to conclude any of them,” a source in the Prime Minister’s office was quoted as saying.
“We are completely independent and our approach to the free trade agreement will not depend on our previous commitments. We will also not agree to obligations that the EU did not previously require from other countries when concluding free trade agreements with them,” a source in Johnson’s office was quoted by Sky News as saying.
On Saturday, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, citing a source in the UK government, reported that London is ready to introduce full checks of goods at the border with the European Union if negotiations on a free trade agreement with Brussels fail.
According to the publication, we are talking about tightening the initial scenario, in which there is no deal. He assumed that if negotiations failed, export-import operations would be affected at a minimum, and 87% of goods would be exempt from any additional tariffs and duties. According to the Daily Telegraph, by declaring such intransigence, London is raising the stakes before the start of negotiations on future relations, which are due to start in March.