British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street.
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LONDON – UK Prime Minister Boris Jones on Friday said he would demand a not-de-Brexit until there is a fundamental change of approach from the European Union.
“Unless there is a fundamental change of approach, we will go to Australia’s remedy, and we must do so with great confidence,” Johnson told Reuters. Deadline for imposition is 15 October.
Sterling plunged lower in the session against the dollar on its comments, moving closer to $ 1.2961 then trading at 28 1.2870.
EU leaders said on Thursday they wanted their comments to continue in talks next week. The European Union (EU) has said it has little time to resolve differences between the two sides.
But Brussels called on the UK to “take the necessary steps to make the agreement possible” after the language used in the EU statement angered officials in London.
David Frost, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, said he was surprised by the suggestion that all future moves to get the deal should come from the UK. “
UK and EU trade negotiations have stalled for months on issues such as fishing, competition rules and governance. However, EU chief negotiator Michelle Barnier said on Thursday that he hoped the differences could be resolved in the next few weeks.
“We are available, we will be available until the last possible day,” Barnier said at a press conference.
“We want to give these negotiations every chance to succeed,” he added, adding that his team is preparing to return to London on Monday for further negotiations.
The UK ceased to be a member of the European Union in January, but agreed to abide by all EU rules by the end of 2020 to allow both sides time to arrange new trade.
This means they have until the end of the year to conclude trade talks.
However, Johnson’s remarks on Friday suggest that from January, both parties could trade under the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which could mean additional barriers and costs to trade in the English Channel.
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