Boris Johnson has put the UK on target for a no-deal Brexit on 31 December, asserting that he’s able to stroll away from talks on a free commerce settlement with the EU and pressure an “Australian-style” final result – until Brussels reveals “a basic change of method”.
“I’ve concluded that we must always prepare for January 1 with preparations which are extra like Australia’s based mostly on easy ideas of worldwide free commerce,” Mr Johnson stated. “Until there’s a basic change of method, we’re going to go for the Australia answer. And we must always do it with nice confidence.”
It comes as EU leaders proceed discussions on the European Council summit. German chancellor Angela Merkel has stated either side must make concessions. “We now have requested the UK to stay open to compromise … We, too, might want to make compromises.”
PM will maintain Friday press convention
Boris Johnson will give a press convention this afternoon, Downing Avenue has stated, so little doubt there might be some additional remarks concerning the Brexit course of, in addition to the most recent regional coronavirus restrictions.
Adam Forrest16 October 2020 13:07
EU Fee retains calm and carries on
The president of the EU Fee Ursula von der Leyen has stated talks will proceed in London subsequent week, presumably with the information of Downing Avenue.
One EU diplomat famous that Johnson didn’t say particularly that Britain was leaving the negotiating desk. “So it’s all simply rhetoric. He didn’t say they will not carry on speaking. So they are going to,” the diplomat instructed Reuters.
One other EU official stated the bloc’s Brexit negotiating group was “already packing for an intense week in London”, and added: “On the entire Australia deal-Canada deal revival – it’s simply not critical.”
Adam Forrest16 October 2020 12:57
Critics query ‘Australia-style deal’ touted by PM
Boris Johnson has stated the UK ought to put together for an Australia-style deal. However, not for the primary time, a number of consultants and commentators have taken challenge with the prime minister’s selection of language.
LBC’s Natasha Devon says the time period is “an unnecessarily advanced method of claiming ‘no deal’”.
Simon Hix, a political scientist of London Faculty of Economics, was considerably extra blunt:
Andy Gregory16 October 2020 12:41
NEW: PM threatens no-deal Brexit
Boris Johnson has threatened to stroll away from Brexit talks and pressure an “Australia type” no-deal final result on the finish of the transition interval – until the EU modifications course.
“They aren’t keen, until there may be some basic change of method, to supply this nation the identical phrases as Canada,” the PM stated.
“So now could be the time for our companies to prepare … for travellers to prepare.”
Adam Forrest16 October 2020 12:12
Tory ballot lead reduce (very barely)
The newest YouGov ballot reveals the Conservatives down one on 39 per cent, whereas Labour stays on 38 per cent. Not fairly a surge from the Lib Dems, however they’re not less than again degree with the Greens.
Adam Forrest16 October 2020 11:54
Lancashire wins £42m from Treasury and strikes into tier 3
So the federal government has managed to agree a deal – with native leaders in Lancashire. The realm will transfer into tier 3 standing, the very excessive danger degree, from Saturday.
Nonetheless, there are notable variations with Merseyside, additionally in tier 3. Pubs, bars and casinos might be shut down in Lancashire – the identical because the close by Liverpool metropolis area – however gyms and leisure centres might be allowed to remain open. The county has additionally secured £42m out of the £58m it was in search of in monetary help for companies, the care sector and faculties.
Adam Forrest16 October 2020 11:40
Would talks restart in 2021 if there’s a no-deal Brexit?
Some commentators are speculating on what may occur in 2021 if Boris Johnson walks away now (or in a couple of weeks’ time) and forces a no-deal final result.
James Forsyth, in a brand new column for The Instances, claims Downing Avenue won’t push for brand spanking new talks subsequent 12 months within the occasion a deal can’t be achieved in 2020. “No 10 is satisfied that it can’t be the one to counsel restarting the talks,” he writes. “It believes doing that might encourage the EU in its perception that it may drive an excellent tougher cut price.”
“Paris is the EU capital most inclined to assume that a couple of months of no deal would see Johnson scuttling again to Brussels in a way more accommodating temper. This, although, is a misreading of the state of affairs.”
Nonetheless, Professor Anand Menon, director of director of UK in a Altering Europe, instructed The Impartial: “The UK has to return to the negotiating desk for a free commerce settlement sooner or later. How and when that occurs would rely on the extent of ache a no-deal final result may inflict subsequent 12 months.”
Adam Forrest16 October 2020 11:24
I agree with Marcus Rashford, says Gordon Brown
The previous Labour PM Gordon Brown has backed the Manchester United star’s name without cost faculty meals to be prolonged in England over the upcoming faculty holidays.
“I don’t settle for the federal government’s reply,” stated Brown. “I feel Boris Johnson ought to take a look at this personally as an alternative of sending out a normal reply. I feel, upon reflection, it’s a small value to pay to maintain kids out of poverty throughout the mid-term and Christmas holidays.”
Adam Forrest16 October 2020 10:58
Bid to call Brexit lorry park after Nigel Farage
Hundreds of individuals are calling for an enormous new Brexit lorry park nonetheless beneath building in Kent to be named after the person US commentators prefer to name “Mr Brexit” – Nigel Farage.
A tongue-in-cheek petition needs the Brexit Social gathering chief to be recognised for his contribution to the UK leaving the EU. What higher method than by christening a facility the place as much as 1,700 lorries will park up subsequent to the M20 in Ashford?
The petition, launched on Thursday, calls on Kent County Council to call the controversial new facility ‘Nigel’s Folly’, after the longtime campaigner.
Adam Forrest16 October 2020 10:50
Merkel says EU may even should compromise
The newest from Brussels now. Angela Merkel has made a uncommon intervention geared toward cooling tensions over stalling Brexit negotiations – saying it couldn’t simply be all the way down to the UK to alter its place.
“We now have requested the UK to stay open to compromise, in order that an settlement might be reached,” stated the German chancellor. This after all signifies that we, too, might want to make compromises.”
A message to the French on fishing rights? Emmanuel Macron recommended on Thursday that the British ought to prepare for a no-deal final result until French boats retain entry to British waters. “If situations aren’t met, it’s attainable we don’t have an settlement,” stated the French president.
Regardless of his insistence he wouldn’t sacrifice the sector, Macron did not less than counsel there was room for motion – stating that he was in search of “a great compromise” on the difficulty.
Adam Forrest16 October 2020 10:29