The Good Morning Britain contributor insisted the European Union “will come knocking” to ensure trading ties with the United Kingdom are maintained after Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said talks will not progress after Brussels failed to make concessions on key sectors by his October 15 deadline. Andrew Pierce said: “I still think a deal will happen. This is all part of the oneupmanship, it all goes to the very last moment in negotiations with the EU.
“I think what we now know about the oven-ready deal that the Prime Minister talked about, this is a bit of re-editing of history, it’s not the trade deal that’s oven-ready, what he meant the Withdrawal Agreement to get us out was oven-ready.
“But I still think Boris is playing hardball right now, which is a convenient distraction, too, from Covid.
“He’s got no control over Covid, he’s still got some control over these negotiations.
“And I still think the EU will come knocking on our doors quite soon.”
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Boris Johnson last week warned negotiations with the European Union are “over” as he lamented Brussels’ refusal to agree to a Canada-style trade deal with the UK.
Under a Canada-style agreement, most tariffs on goods traded between the UK and members of the bloc would not apply and quotas on exportable products would increase.
Speaking at the end of October’s summit of EU leaders on Friday the Prime Minister said: “They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is obviously unacceptable to an independent country.
“Given that this summit appears to explicitly rule out a Canada-style deal, I think that we should ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s.”
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