It took time to negotiate a trade agreement between the UK and the European Union.
The British want a deal similar to Canada’s free trade agreement – but they must be ready to trade within the European Union in the future like the Australians. They were deprived of free trade.
Now Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims that there is a “high probability” that the country will fail to reach an agreement with the European Union before the current agreement expires on the last day of December of this year.
This week, he met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen – without achieving a breakthrough in the negotiations.
“The time has come now” to prepare for the fact that there will be no agreement, he said, according to the BBC.
“Make things much more difficult”
According to Boris Johnson, Britain is prepared to “go the last mile” to reach an agreement.
Meanwhile, the European Union, which it believes is trying to “lock” Britain in its system or risk “punishment” as a tax on imports, is attacking.
“It makes things more difficult,” he says.
This is why the prime minister says, given their place now in the negotiations, that the British should not sign a free trade agreement.
“It is very likely that we will get a solution that is more similar to Australia’s relationship with the European Union than Canada’s relationship with the European Union.”