From the outset we had been completely clear that we needed nothing extra difficult than a Canada-style relationship based mostly on friendship and free commerce.
To evaluate by the newest EU summit in Brussels, that gained’t work for our EU companions.
They need the continued skill to regulate our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a manner that’s fully unacceptable to an impartial nation.
And since we have now solely 10 weeks till the top of the transition interval on 1 January, I’ve to make a judgment in regards to the doubtless end result and to get us all prepared.
And on condition that they’ve refused to barter critically for a lot of the previous couple of months and on condition that this summit seems explicitly to rule out a Canada-style deal, I’ve concluded that we should always prepare for 1 January with preparations which are extra like Australia’s, based mostly on easy rules of world free commerce.
And we will do it as a result of we at all times knew that there can be change on 1 January no matter sort of relationship we had.
And so now’s the time for our companies to prepare and for our hauliers to prepare, for travellers to prepare.
And, in fact, we’re keen to debate the practicalities with our pals the place numerous progress has already been made, by the way in which, on such points as social safety and aviation, nuclear cooperation, and so forth.
However, for no matter cause, it’s clear from the summit that after 45 years of membership, they aren’t keen, until there’s some elementary change of method, to supply this nation the identical phrases as Canada.
And so with excessive hearts and with full confidence, we are going to put together to embrace the choice and we are going to prosper mightily as an impartial free-trading nation controlling our personal borders, our fisheries and setting our personal legal guidelines.
And within the meantime, the federal government will, in fact, be specializing in tackling Coivd and constructing that higher in order that 2021 is a yr of restoration and renewal.