Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of Great Britain has given a deadline until Oct 15, for a post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union as Britain warned that it might effectively override the divorce deal if each aspect could not reach an agreement by then.
The eighth round of negotiations will resume in London this week, with each side talking, amid accusations of intransigence and political foreign policy.
The UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, did little to boost expectations about a breakthrough, promising no compromise on London’s red lines, according to a newspaper interview.
Frost's European Union opposite number, Michel Barnier said on Monday that negotiations on future relations were tough and denied to talk about a report that Great Britain was planning legislation to override elements of the divorce deal.
“We demand quite simply, and calmly, and until the end, that the political commitments in the text agreed by (British Prime Minister) Boris Johnson be legally translated into this treaty,” Barnier told France Inter radio.
If enforced, Britain’s reportable move might menace the treaty and cause frictions in European nations.
It was also, he added, “the condition of a unified and functioning economy on the island (of Ireland) as well as for respecting the integrity of the EU’s single market.” “I remain worried,” Barnier said of the negotiations, adding that Johnson’s government wanted “the best of two worlds”.
Despite months of refusing to substantiate a firm time limit, Johnson agreed.
“There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on October 15 if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year,” he said in remarks released by his office.
“So, there is no sense in thinking beyond that point. If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us.”
Australia trades with the European Union underneath World Trade Organisation rules and tariffs.
But Johnson, whose government had said it needed a “zero tariff, zero quota” regime, insisted it might still be a “good outcome” for Great Britain.
“Brexiteers” had ensured that securing a deal with Britain’s biggest commercialism partner would be straightforward and rejected criticism that unravelling nearly fifty years of ties with Europe would be long and even not possible.
Johnson, who took over after Theresa May repeatedly failed to get her Brexit divorce deal through parliament, promised Britain’s borders and ports will be ready for when the so-called transition period comes to an end on Dec 31.
Meanwhile, media reports said Johnson was additionally designing new UK legislation that may override elements of the withdrawal agreement created with the EU last year and sanctioned in January.
According to The Monetary Times, that cited 3 folks about the plans, the bill would undermine agreements about European nation customs and state aid.
A government spokesperson told the newspaper it had been “working onerously to resolve outstanding issues' ' with the European nation protocol that was negotiated as a part of the deal so as to stay the nation's border open.
An EU diplomat said on Monday that such plans would amount to “a desperate and ultimately unsuccessful strategy”.
“Pacta Sunt Servanda'' which means ‘agreements should be kept’ could be a basic principle in the law of nations. If the United Kingdom selected to not respect its international obligations, it might undermine its international standing,” said an EU diplomat.
“Who would want to agree trade deals with a country that doesn’t implement international treaties? It would be a desperate and ultimately self-defeating strategy.”
Britain remains certain by European Union rules whereas it tries to hammer out new terms of its relationship.
Johnson didn't rule out a deal altogether and vowed to figure onerous this month to attain one, however he pledged Great Britain “will be ready” if talks break down.
“We will have full control over our laws, our rules, and our fishing waters,” he promised.
“We will have the freedom to do trade deals with every country in the world. And we will prosper mightily as a result."
“We will of course always be ready to talk to our EU friends even in these circumstances."
“Our door will never be closed and we will trade as friends and partners – but without a free-trade agreement.”