Brexit news latest – Boris wants Canada-style deal but Raab refuses to be ‘held over barrel by Brussels’ in negotiations

BORIS Johnson has said he wants a deal with the European Union along similar lines to the one the bloc has with Canada.

The Prime Minister said: “Here we are, we're the biggest trading partner of the EU, their biggest export market, plus we've been a member for 45 years – we want a deal like Canada's, we want that one!”

Meanwhile the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was talking tough to the EU, saying it no longer has the power to treat Britain poorly, and any deal on its future relationship with the bloc must be fair.

He told the Conservative Party conference: “Yes, we want a Free Trade deal with the EU, but any deal must be fair. The days of being held over a barrel by Brussels are long gone."

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  • Jon Rogers

    UK SHOULD MAKE 'MOST OF OPPORTUNITIES'

    Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has written to his Cabinet colleagues calling for “bold and ambitious” bills for the next Queen's Speech.

    In his letter, Mr Rees-Mogg said it would be “important to be ready to make the most of the opportunities” after the transition period with the European Union ends on December 31.

    “It is obviously important to continue to deliver the Prime Minister's domestic priorities and on our manifesto commitments.

    “These include tackling crime, ensuring the most serious criminals get the time in prison they deserve, controlling our borders, levelling up across the country by investing in infrastructure and transforming the provision of skills and strengthening our public services.

    “It is also important to be ready to make the most of the opportunities which will arise when we regain our economic and political independence at the end of the transition period.”

  • Jon Rogers

    EU TOLD IT WILL HAVE TO RAISE FOOD STANDARDS POST BREXIT

    International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has warned the European Union it will have to raise its food production standards following the transition period.

    Speaking to the Sunday Express, Ms Truss said: “From now on we are no longer a member of the EU they have to conform with British standards to come into this country.

    “That applies to countries in the EU, the US, Australia and Japan.

    “Of course we have to continue to have high standards to expect those countries to accept our food as we have managed to persuade the Americans to accept British beef after 23 years.”

  • Jon Rogers

    JOHNSON TOLD TO CHANNEL THATCHER'S 'COMPLETE DETERMINATION'

    Conservative MP John Redwood has said the Prime Minister should channel the “complete determination” Margaret Thatcher showed Brussels when renegotiating the terms of the UK's contributions.

    Mr Redwood said: “The distinguishing characteristic of her excellent renegotiations of our money settlement was complete determination.

    “She was told by the official Civil Service and the UK establishment that what she wanted to do was breaking the law, was quite impossible, it was against the treaties.

    “Those days, as a member of the European Union, we were fully under their law and the ultimate sovereign power in our country was the European Court of Justice.”

  • Jon Rogers

    JOHNSON WANTS CANADA-STYLE DEAL WITH EU

    Boris Johnson has said he wants a deal with the European Union along similar lines to the one the bloc has with Canada.

    He said: “I think there's a good deal to be done and everybody knows what we want to do.

    “The EU has done a deal with Canada which is a long way away, big country but some way away.

    “Here we are, we're the biggest trading partner of the EU, their biggest export market, plus we've been a member for 45 years – we want a deal like Canada's, we want that one!”

  • Jon Rogers

    MORE TRADE TALKS WITH EU NEXT WEEK

    More trade talks are due in London next week and in Brussels the following week before the 27 national EU leaders meet on October 15-16 to assess progress.

    London has also said it wants clarity by October 15 on whether a deal is possible or not.

    The EU says it will not implement any new deal if London undermines their earlier Brexit divorce treaty with its draft Internal Market Bill.

    With time running out, controversy over the new domestic UK law backed by Johnson has cast fresh doubt on whether a deal was possible.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, however, said on Friday she was still “optimistic”.

  • Dan Keane

    STEPPING IT UP

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the head of the EU's executive, Ursula von der Leyen, agreed in a phone call on Saturday to step up Brexit talks to close “significant gaps” barring a new trade partnership.

    The two sides have said this week's round of negotiations aimed at getting a new, post-Brexit trade agreement from 2021 made some progress but not yielded a breakthrough.

    “They agreed on the importance of finding an agreement, if at all possible, as a strong basis for a strategic EU-UK relationship in future,” they said in a joint statement.

    “Progress had been made in recent weeks but … significant gaps remained, notably but not only in the areas of fisheries, the level playing field, and governance,” it added.

  • Jon Rogers

    UK MUST MAKE SURE FIRMS ARE PROTECTED FROM 'FOREIGN TAKEOVERS'

    Britain has to make sure that British firms are not subject to predatory takeover bids from foreign states, trade minister Liz Truss said on Saturday.

    “We need to make sure that, particularly in coronavirus when a lot of companies are undervalued, that we’re not allowing the sort of predatory bids from states that don’t necessarily have Britain’s best interests at heart,” Truss told the Conservative Party’s annual conference.

  • Jon Rogers

    BRITAIN 'WON'T BE HELD OVER A BARREL' BY EU ANYMORE

    British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the European Union no longer has the power to treat Britain poorly, and any deal on its future relationship with the bloc must be fair.

    “Yes, we want a Free Trade deal with the EU, but any deal must be fair. The days of being held over a barrel by Brussels are long gone,” Raab said in a speech broadcast on Saturday as part of the Conservative Party’s annual conference.

  • Jon Rogers

    IDEA OF IRISH SEA BRIDGE WITH SCOTLAND TO BE EXAMINED

    The idea of building a bridge or tunnel between Scotland and Ireland will be examined as part of a review transport connections around the UK.

    Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy will lead the review which will look at the “cost, practicality and demand” for a fixed link between the two countries, said Downing Street today.

    The idea of a bridge between the two countries has been raised before by Boris Johnson.

    Mr Johnson said in his announcement of the review: “The United Kingdom is the greatest political partnership the world has ever seen and we need transport links between our nations that are as strong as our historic bonds.”

  • Jon Rogers

    BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS EXTENDED BY A MONTH

    Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen have agreed to extend the Brexit negotiations by a month.

    The European Commission president and the Prime Minister said sufficient progress had been made to justify a last push to agree a deal.

  • Jon Rogers

    GOVE 'OPTIMISTIC' ABOUT DEAL

    Michael Gove, speaking at the Conservative Party's virtual conference, said: “I suspect there will be one or two ups and downs along the way but I am optimistic that we will get a deal.”

    The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set the deadline of the EU Council meeting on October 15 for securing a deal – only 12 days away.

  • Christy Cooney

    'GAP ON FISHERIES VERY LARGE', SAYS FROST

    The gap on fisheries between the UK and EU in Brexit talks remains 'very large', the UK's chief negotiator David Frost has said.

    The government wants to see updates to the system that governs how much fish British fishermen are allowed to catch, while some member states in the EU want to see current quotas remain in place.

    Following the conclusion of the final scheduled round of formal negotiations this week, Frost said the EU needed to “move further” if there was to be an agreement.

    “On fisheries the gap between us is unfortunately very large and, without further realism and flexibility from the EU, risks being impossible to bridge,” he said.

  • Christy Cooney

    BOTH SIDES TO 'WORK INTENSIVELY' TOWARDS A DEAL

    THE prime minister and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen have said they will “work intensively” on the issues still to be overcome in Brexit talks following a video conference call today.

    The call came with less than 100 days remaining before the Brexit transition period expires at the end of this year.

    The key sticking points reportedly include the UK’s state aid policy and the access that boats from EU member states will have to British waters after Brexit.

    Following the conference call, a Downing Street spokesperson said that both leader have “instructed their chief negotiators to work intensively” to find solutions to remaining issues.

  • Dan Keane

    FIGHTING TALK FROM DOMINIC RAAB

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the virtual Conservative Party conference today that the UK will no longer be “held over a barrel by Brussels”.

    During his conference speech, he said: “Yes we want a free trade deal with the EU, but any deal must be fair.

    “The days of being held over a barrel by Brussels are long gone.

    “Under the Conservatives, there is no question: our Government will control our fisheries, our Parliament will pass our laws and our courts will judge them.”

  • Dan Keane

    'GOOD DEAL TO BE DONE', SAYS BORIS

    Boris Johnson says there is a “good deal to be done” with the EU ahead of a video call with EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen.

    The Prime Minister said he was “prepared” for a no deal outcome after talks with the Bloc collapsed – but Mrs Von der Leyen called for negotiations to “intensify” ahead of an October deadline.

    Asked about possible compromises, Mr Johnson said: “The balance of trade is overwhelmingly on the side of the EU in the sense that they export much more to us than we do to them, certainly in manufacturing goods, and so we think there is a big opportunity for both sides to do well.

    He added: “Recognising that we share the same high environmental and workforce standards as they do, but we want to do things in our own way, is a bit difficult for them and also there is the very vexed issue to do with fisheries.”

  • Christy Cooney

    'WHERE THERE IS A WILL, THERE IS A WAY', SAYS COMMISSION PRESIDENT

    The president of the European Commission has said “where there is a will, there is a way” – with only 100 days left to reach a Brexit deal before the end of the transition period.

    Ursula von der Leyen was speaking ahead of a video conference call with Boris Johnson today in which the two are set to discuss the remaining sticking points in negotiations.

    “It is good to have a deal – but not at any price,” she said.

    “We have made progress on many, many different fields but of course the most difficult ones are still completely open.

    “But overall, where there is a will, there is a way, so I think we should intensify the negotiations because it is worth working hard on it.”

  • Christy Cooney

    PM TO CALL FOR EU CONCESSION ON FISHERIES

    The prime minister is set to demand concessions from the EU on fisheries in a video conference call with Commission president Ursula von der Leyen today.

    Quotas for how much British fishermen can catch are currently based on the numbers caught during a fixed reference period between 1973 and 1978.

    The government wants an updated agreement under which quotas would be set according to the level of shared fishing stocks associated with the two sides' economic zones, the Guardian reported.

    The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has acknowledged that Britain's quota needs to be increased, but the French government is reportedly lobbying for the current arrangement to remain in place.

    German chancellor Angela Merkel this week said that a deal reached on fisheries between the governments of the UK and Norway would be a “constructive indicator” during talks.

  • Christy Cooney

    EUROPEAN LEADERS 'PESSIMISTIC' ABOUT CHANCES OF DEAL

    Leaders across the EU and its member states are said to be pessimistic about the chances that a deal can be struck with the UK before the end of the current transition period.

    Speaking to Politico, one senior EU official said: “When I try to take to feel the temperature in the European Council, what is the temperature between the member states — we are united, no doubt on that — but there is the impression more and more that it will be very difficult to get a deal with the U.K.

    “Because we don't have the impression that they put on the table a real margin in order to make a deal possible.”

    Briefing other leaders this week, Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin also sounded sceptical.

    “Certainly by the end of the month, the beginning of next month, there would have to be some clear pathway to an agreement in order to facilitate all the work that will then be necessary to get a deal over the line,” he said.

  • Christy Cooney

    MOST DIFFICULT ISSUES STILL 'COMPLETELY OPEN', SAYS EU COMMISSION PRESIDENT

    Some of the most difficult points of disagreement in Brexit talks remain 'completely open', the president of the European Commission has said.

    Ursula von der Leyen was speaking ahead of a video conference call with Boris Johnson today following the final scheduled round of Brexit negotiations this week.

    “It is good to have a deal – but not at any price,” she said.

    “We have made progress on many, many different fields but of course the most difficult ones are still completely open.

    “But overall, where there is a will, there is a way, so I think we should intensify the negotiations because it is worth working hard on it.

  • Christy Cooney

    PROGRESS ON WALES REPLACEMENT FUNDING 'UNACCEPTABLE'

    The progress made by the UK government on plans to replace EU funding in Wales is “unacceptable”, the chair of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee has said.

    In 2017, the government pledged to replace economic development funds that Wales currently receives from the European Union.

    Following a new report published by the Committee, chair and Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb said: “We found that the government hasn't made anything like sufficient progress in terms of developing clear policy for replacing European funding at the end of this Brexit transition in less than three months' time.

    “That's unacceptable.”

  • Brittany Vonow

    'OPTIMISTIC'

    Boris Johnson said he is “pretty optimistic” about striking a trade deal with the European Union as he prepares to discuss progress in the talks with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.

    The Prime Minister is due to take stock of the negotiations in a conference call with Ms von der Leyen on Saturday following the final scheduled round of talks between Brussels and the UK this week.

    In an interview with the Telegraph, Mr Johnson said the chances of a deal “are very good if everybody just exercises some common sense and looks at the deal that is there to be done”.

  • Abe Hawken

    BREXIT SUB PLOT

    Britain and Brussels will next week begin two weeks of intense secret trade talks dubbed “Le Submarine” after a major breakthrough.

    Boris Johnson is to virtually meet EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen tomorrow to hammer out terms for the negotiations after both sides gave concessions on fishing and red tape.

    It comes after the UK offered a three-year transition on EU access to our waters.

    Brussels is said to have eased some of its “more outrageous demands” on binding the UK to post-Brexit rules on state aid.

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  • Jon Rogers

    JOHNSON TO SET FISHING ULTIMATUM AT EU TALKS

    Boris Johnson is poised to set a fishing ultimatum with the EU, hoping that the increasingly isolated French President Emmanuel Macron caves in.

    Johnson is due to meet with the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, on Saturday afternoon in a video-conference call to “take stock of negotiations and discuss next steps”.

    Von der Leyen said on Friday that most contentious issues, such as fisheries and the control of domestic subsidies, remained “completely open”.

  • Samantha Lock

    Downing Street made clear Mr Johnson still believed there needed to be a deal by the time of the next EU summit in two weeks' time on October 15, otherwise it will be too late to implement before the transition ends.

    But despite his bullish comments, the UK's chief negotiator Lord Frost was more downbeat, saying that while the “outlines” of an agreement were “visible”, there were still “familiar differences” to be overcome.

    Following his latest meeting with EU counterpart Michel Barnier, he said there had been “some limited progress” on state aid while the gap over fisheries was “unfortunately very large” and may prove “impossible to bridge”.

    “These issues are fundamental to our future status as an independent country,” he said in a statement.

    “I am concerned that there is very little time now to resolve these issues ahead of the European Council on October 15.”

  • Samantha Lock

    IRISH TAOISEACH SAYS AGREEMENT 'HIGHLY UNLIKELY'

    Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin, who briefed other EU leaders with Mrs von der Leyen on the state of the negotiations, said it was “highly unlikely” there would be an agreement by October 15.

    He said there would need to be significant progress in the coming weeks.

    “Certainly by the end of the month, the beginning of next month, there would have to be some clear pathway to an agreement in order to facilitate all the work that will then be necessary to get a deal over the line,” he said.

    He added: “There is a sense whilst there is a mood to engage, no-one is underestimating the task that lies ahead.”

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