Boris Johnson hints Britain could stay in EU single market and customs union until 2021 in Brexit shift

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BORIS Johnson has hinted Britain could remain in the EU customs union and single market for another TWO YEARS after Brexit.

During a visit to Wales, the new Prime Minister indicated a transition period could be utilised after Britain leaves the European Union on October 31.

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Mr Johnson visited a poultry farm near Newport, South Wales[/caption]

The suggestion marks a softening in Mr Johnson’s stance on Brexit as the possibility of ‘no deal’ appears to increase.

He said: “Some of the (No Deal) changes that are going to be necessary in the run-up to October 31 will be crucial anyway if we are going to come out of the customs union and single market, as we must, in the course of the next couple of years.”

A Whitehall source later told the Daily Mail: “There has been a big shift.

“In the past there was a lot of money for No Deal which would have been written off if we had got the former PM’s deal because it was very close to the customs union and single market.

“Now we are looking at something much more like Canada plus, so we will need a new customs regime and so on regardless because our future relationship will be much looser.”

BORIS WARNS NO DEAL WOULD BE EU’S FAULT

Earlier, Mr Johnson told Irish leader Leo Varadkar to “abolish the backstop” yesterday as he warned that a No Deal Brexit would be the EU’s fault.

Dramatically stepping up his game of chicken with Brussels, the new PM said the Irish border insurance plan had to go if a Brexit agreement was to be struck by October 31.

In a 15-minute phone call that revealed the huge shift in approach from No10, he insisted that Britain would be leaving in three months “no matter what”.

Mr Varadkar countered there was no way the EU would change its stance.

But the PM piled on the pressure by saying there was “no way” the backstop would get through the House of Commons.

He said: “If the EU understands that, I think we are going to be at the races.

“If they can’t compromise, then clearly we have to get ready for a No Deal exit.

“It’s up to the EU, this is their call if they really want us to do this.”

Mr Johnson — who visited a poultry farm in South Wales yesterday — has been urged to threaten to slap tariffs on Irish goods coming into the UK in the event of a No Deal.

The DUP’s Sammy Wilson called for the move on the eve of a politically-charged trip by the PM to Northern Ireland today.


He told The Sun: “The previous (Theresa May) administration thought that if they were nice they’d get a deal.

“But the nicer they were the more the EU and Ireland put the boot into them.

“Boris has to show Britain is not an easy touch anymore.”

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Mr Johnson meeting First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford (L) and Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns (R)[/caption]

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The PM said Britain could stay in the single market until 2021[/caption]

 

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He was jeered by some members of the crowd in Wales[/caption]

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