Negotiations between the EU and UK have been breaking down for weeks and today Boris Johnson told the country to prepare for an Australian-type deal. In real language, that’s no deal.
Boris Johnson had previously said in September 2019 that failure to get a deal would be a “failure of statecraft”, and by his own words, this is a failure.
Boris Johnson had set a deadline for negotiations to conclude yesterday, 15 October. Despite the deadline passing, EU member states have now agreed that Michel Barnier can continue the discussions with the UK over the next two weeks.
However, there are still two sticking points preventing a deal, state aid, and fishing. As it stands, both sides in the negotiations appear to be standing their ground. The EU has stuck to its negotiating position despite the UK expecting them to blink first.
"I've concluded we should get ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia's"
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 16, 2020
Charles Michel EUCO President specifically singles out level playing field and uses example of car industry, and the UK wanting freedom to subsidise (ie state aid) at same time as expecting full tariff free access to single market, says it risks 100,000s of jobs
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) October 15, 2020
Update: 3PM GMT
No 10 says 'trade talks are over' and tells Barnier to cancel London trip unless EU willing to compromise – https://t.co/RqYyEFwE0a
— AndrewSparrow (@AndrewSparrow) October 16, 2020