British Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street.
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LONDON – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he would demand no dealings with Brexit unless there is a major change of strategy from the European Union.
“Unless there is a major change in strategy, we will go to Australia for a solution, and we must do so with full confidence,”; Johnson said, according to Reuters, after negotiators failed to agree to an agreement when first himself. imposed a deadline of October 15.
Sterling dipped in a session low against the dollar in its comments, trading at $ 1.2870 after hovering near $ 1.2961.
His comments came after EU leaders said on Thursday that they wanted talks to continue in the coming weeks. The EU believes there is still time left to try to overcome the differences between the two sides.
But the language used in the EU statement angered London officials, after calling on Brussels in the UK “to take the necessary steps to reach an agreement.”
The UK’s leading Brexit negotiator, David Frost, said he was “surprised at (the suggestion) that in order to reach an agreement all future transfers must come from the UK”
UK and EU trade talks have stalled on issues such as fisheries, competition rules and governance for months. However, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, said on Thursday that he hoped these differences could be overcome in the coming weeks.
“We are available, we will remain available until the last possible day,” Barnier said at a press conference.
“We want to give these negotiations every chance to be successful,” he added, explaining that his team is ready to return to London on Monday for further talks.
The UK ceased membership in the European Union in January but agreed to continue to follow all EU policies until the end of 2020 so that both sides have time to consolidate new trade arrangements.
This means they have until the end of the year to end trade talks.
However, Johnson’s comments on Friday suggest that from January onwards both sides may trade under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, which could mean excessive barriers and higher trade costs. across the English Channel.
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