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Brexit: Boris Johnson threatens once again to slam the door


The Prime Minister believes that his country must prepare for a divorce without agreement unless there are European concessions.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson once again threatened to break with the European Union yesterday.

Earlier this afternoon, in a short televised address, he announced that the UK must prepare for a no-deal exit from the European Union on January 1, unless the EU directs the negotiations in a fundamentally different way.

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“From the start, we've been absolutely clear that we don't want anything more complicated than a Canada-modeled deal with the EU,”

said Boris Johnson.

“If we judge by the last European summit, that would not satisfy the European partners.

They want to keep the possibility of controlling our laws and our fishing in a way that is absolutely unacceptable to us, ”

insisted the Conservative leader of the British government.

In the same statement, Boris Johnson clarified that negotiations with the European Union were still continuing.

About an hour later, the 10 Downing Street spokesperson sounded the end of the negotiations and blamed the EU for it.

Michel Barnier is not welcome in London next week, the Prime Minister's spokesman added,

"unless the EU fundamentally changes its position"


Rhetorical escalation

So far, the “clash” strategy - the one and only ever adopted by Boris Johnson on Brexit since the start of the year - has not borne fruit.

Ten weeks from the December 31 deadline, however, the Conservative leader of the British government persists.

Friday's escalation of rhetoric is highly unlikely to put European leaders in a better position towards the British.

"It is the United Kingdom which wanted to leave the EU"

, recalled Emmanuel Macron at the end of the summit in Brussels on Thursday, judging that London

"needed an agreement even more than us"


"We are stumbling on everything"

with the British and not just on fishing, added the President of the Republic.

European leaders on Thursday asked, in unison, the United Kingdom to "do what is necessary" to unblock post-Brexit trade negotiations.

European leaders on Thursday asked, in unison, the United Kingdom to

"do what is necessary"

to unblock post-Brexit trade negotiations.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said for her part that

"it was better for both parties to reach an agreement"


"but not at any price"


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The message is not new.

The European Union never intended to sign a free trade contract with the United Kingdom on the model of that signed with Canada and has no interest in facilitating the exit of its member countries.

However, London continues to turn a deaf ear even as, like its European neighbors, the country sinks into a new health crisis.

Since last night, 28.4 million Britons live in areas at risk or very high risk of Covid-19.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2020-10-16

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