BORIS JOHNSON has vowed to walk away from Brexit negotiations unless a deal is agreed by mid-October.
The prime minister will say: ‘There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on October 15th if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year.
‘If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should both accept that and move on.’
In a speech today, Mr Johnson (pictured) will add that having a trade deal ‘like Australia’s’ would be a ‘good outcome for the UK’.
He will say: ‘We will have full control over our laws, our rules, and our fishing waters. We will have the freedom to do trade deals with every country in the world. And we will prosper mightily as a result.’
His comments come as David Frost and Michel Barnier are set to resume talks tomorrow. The two major sticking points are control of UK fishing waters and taxpayer support for businesses.
Mr Johnson is expected to add: ‘We cannot and will not compromise on the fundamentals of what it means to be an independent country to get it.’ His words echo reports from Lord Frost and foreign secretary Dominic Raab, who both said they were prepared for a no-deal.
But Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey said a no-deal Brexit, following a Covid-19 depression, would be ‘a disaster for people’s jobs, for livelihoods, for businesses’.
May’s ex-aide blasts new Brexit chief’s ‘brass neck’
THERESA MAY’S former chief of staff Gavin Barwell has hit back after the UK’s new Brexit negotiator said he would not ‘blink’ during talks with Brussels. David Frost, now heading the discussions, told The Mail On Sunday: ‘We came in after a government and negotiating team that had blinked and had its bluff called.’ But Mr Barwell tweeted Mr Frost’s Withdrawal Agreement was ‘95% the work of his predecessors.’ He added: ‘That quote’s some brass neck.’