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Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday mentioned a post-Brexit commerce deal was nonetheless doable, as he ready to go to Brussels to satisfy European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.
“A good deal is still there to be done. I look forward to discussing it with Commissioner von der Leyen tonight,” he informed parliament.
But Johnson undermined hopes of a breakthrough by once more taking intention at European efforts to make sure Britain nonetheless abides by competitors guidelines after January 1.
The so-called degree taking part in discipline has been a key stumbling block within the talks, as has the extent of EU entry to British fishing waters.
Johnson mentioned Brussels’ proposals on fishing would imply Britain could be “the only country in the world not to have sovereign control over its fishing waters”.
“These are not terms that any prime minister of this country should accept,” he informed lawmakers in his weekly query and reply session.
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Britain formally left the EU on January 31, almost 4 years after a referendum on membership that divided the nation and paralysed politics.
The finish of a transition interval, designed to permit either side to thrash out the phrases of their new relationship, is approaching on December 31, making an settlement on a deal extra pressing.
Whatever occurs, Britain will depart the European customs union and single market. Johnson mentioned deal or no deal, the nation will “prosper mightily”.
By retaking management of UK cash, borders, and legal guidelines, “we will seize all of the opportunities that Brexit brings”, he mentioned.
But Johnson is underneath robust strain from companies, which need better readability on the brand new guidelines that may apply from January 1.