Boris Johnson ‘furious’ with EU as Brussels turns on UK over trade agreement

Britain left the EU on Friday after 47 years of membership. Thousands gathered to celebrate in London’s Parliament Square where they were addressed by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

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However according to The Sunday Telegraph Mr Johnson believes the EU has been “changing the terms” of the agreement reached last year to seek a comprehensive trade deal.

In response the Government is said to be toughening its stance, and could seek a looser relationship with the EU than originally planned.

Originally Mr Johnson had been pursuing a ‘Canada style’ trade deal modelled on Canada’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU.

CETA removes 98 percent of duties levied on exports from Canada to the EU, and vice versa, whilst not requiring Canada to sign up to free movement, the supremacy of European courts or to pay into the EU’s budget.

Brexit newsBoris Johnson is said to be “privately infuriated” with Brussels over trade (Image: GETTY)

BrexitBrexiteers gather in Parliament Square to celebrate the UK's EU exit (Image: GETTY)

However if the EU refuses to offer this the Prime Minister is reported to be considering an ‘Australian style’ deal, that would see tariffs removed in some areas whilst WTO trade regulations are used for others.

The Sunday Telegraph reports a Government source as saying: “There are only two likely outcomes in negotiation, a free trade deal like Canada or a looser arrangement like Australia and we are happy to pursue both.”

Mr Johnson is set to make a speech on Monday setting out his post-Brexit plans.

He will reportedly demand the UK is treated as an “equal” by Brussels and demand “no alignment, no jurisdiction of the European courts, and no concessions” to the EU.


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