Is this the end of EU-UK negotiations — or has Boris Johnson taken a page from Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal? The withdrawal for the UK from the European Union will take place on January 1 regardless of whether the two former partners can come up with a new trade deal. With ten weeks to go, the Prime Minister warned the country today that prospects for a deal look grim enough that they should start planning on a no-deal Brexit instead.
Johnson refrained from saying that he wouldn’t continue to negotiate. He pledged to work with the EU if they took a “fundamental change of direction” in their approach. However, Johnson criticized the EU for not offering the UK the same kind of trade terms as Canada, lamenting that 45 years of partnership apparently counts for nothing.
Johnson sounded cheery enough, proclaiming that his government would proceed “with high hearts and complete confidence”: