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Boris Johnson says he wants a trade deal with the EU like Canada or Australia


Dominic Raab has vowed Britain will no longer be "held up by Brussels" as Downing Street insisted that the two parties had agreed to "work hard" to resolve differences in the Brexit talks.

Before today's video call with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Boris Johnson said he wanted to conclude a trade deal similar to that between Brussels and Canada or Australia.

Negotiations on key issues such as fisheries and government subsidies have stalled and both sides are asking the other side to find a compromise.

Foreign Secretary Raab reiterated the Prime Minister's enthusiasm for an agreement, but insisted that it must be in Britain's best interests.

At today's conference of the Virtual Conservative Party, Mr. Raab said: “Yes, we want a free trade agreement with the EU, but every agreement has to be fair.

“The times when Brussels was held over a barrel are long gone.

"There is no question among the Conservatives: our government will control our fisheries, our parliament will pass our laws and our courts will judge them."

The depicted Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has vowed that Britain will no longer be "held up by Brussels".

Boris Johnson, pictured today at a construction site in west London, said he wanted a trade deal with Brussels, much like the European Union has with Canada or Australia

Boris Johnson, pictured today at a construction site in west London, said he wanted a trade deal with Brussels, much like the European Union has with Canada or Australia

The Prime Minister held talks today with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen

The Prime Minister held talks today with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen

What is a Canadian Style Trade Agreement?

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) is the name of the type of deal Boris Johnson is envisaging between the EU and Canada.

The two parties began negotiations more than a decade ago, but only tentatively came into effect in 2017 and have not yet been officially signed by all states within the bloc.

Ceta does not remove all tariffs as import taxes remain on poultry, meat and eggs, but removes most of the tariffs.

It also increases the amount of goods that can be exported at no additional cost, called quotas, but some of them continue to exist.

There are also concerns about the extent to which it benefits services and financial services, which are vital to the UK economy.

Border controls also remain in place, which means goods and paperwork may need to be screened in ports to make sure they meet legal requirements.

This has an impact on the standards, as Ceta protects the EU's “geographical indications” so that products such as Parma ham and Camembert cheese can only be made in Italy and France, respectively.

Canada will then not be able to import products from other countries that identify themselves as such.

The treaty also opens government contracts to one another, which means that Canadian companies could bid for the implementation of infrastructure projects in the member states.

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, previously proposed a standard Canadian-style contract, but it was rejected by Theresa May's team.

As Downing Street said this afternoon, the UK and the EU have agreed to "work hard" to resolve the differences in the talks.

Mr Johnson and Ms Von der Leyen spoke by video conference to take stock of the negotiations following the last scheduled Brussels-UK round of talks this week.

The couple hired negotiators, Lord Frost of the UK and Michel Barnier of the EU, to intensify talks after recognizing that "significant gaps" remained between the UK and Brussels.

The Prime Minister has set the October 15th deadline for the EU Council to reach an agreement – just 12 days left.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “They agreed on the importance of finding an agreement, if possible, as a strong foundation for a strategic EU-UK relationship in the future.

They endorsed both negotiators' assessment that progress had been made in the past few weeks but that significant gaps remained, particularly but not limited to fisheries, level playing field and governance.

They directed their negotiators to work hard to fill these gaps.

"You have agreed to speak regularly on this subject."

Early in the morning, Mr Johnson told reporters he was looking for a deal similar to the bloc with Canada or Australia.

He said, “I think there is a lot to be done and everyone knows what we want to do.

& # 39; The EU has an agreement with Canada, which is far away, big country, but far away.

"Here we are, we are the EU's biggest trading partner, its biggest export market, and we've been a member for 45 years – we want a deal like Canada's, we want this one!"

He added: “If that is not possible and that is not our call then the alternative would be to have a deal like Australia which is another big country further away, but it would work well and we could very much leave it well working.

"We are committed to both courses, we are prepared for both courses and we will make it work, but it is very much up to our friends and partners."

As the Environment Secretary said last night, the UK is ready to wage a new "cod war" with the EU if trade negotiations collapse.

The Prime Minister made a video call this afternoon with the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who was shown together in January to try to reach an agreement after weeks of blockade

The Prime Minister made a video call this afternoon with the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who was shown together in January to try to reach an agreement after weeks of blockade

In an interview with The Mail, George Eustice said ministers had tacitly introduced a "fivefold increase in our enforcement capacity" last year in preparation for a possible confrontation with European trawler men.

Fisheries remain one of the key sticking points of an agreement as Boris Johnson is unwilling to bow to demands that would allow EU trawlers to maintain permanent access to UK waters.

Officials fear this could lead to a repetition of the “Cod Wars” of the 1970s, when British trawlers backed by the Royal Navy clashed with Icelandic coast guards in an attempt to uphold historic fishing rights in the North Atlantic.

When asked directly whether Britain was ready to defend its waters in the event of a no deal, Mr Eustice said, “Yes, we are. In fact, the main lesson from the Cod War was that it is much easier to protect your waters from access by overseas ships than to try to defend the notion of historical access that is no longer available to us. & # 39;

Meanwhile, his predecessor Michael Gove said today he was "optimistic" about the prospect of a deal.

Speaking to West Midlands Mayor Andy Street at the Conservative Party virtual conference, Mr. Gove said, “I am optimistic. It's been a difficult process as the EU has never had to deal with a country that has left its orbit, and it's a bit difficult.

“If we leave the nest and become good neighbors rather than uncomfortable lodgers, the EU has to adapt.

& # 39; And some aspects of adaptation have proven difficult for the European Union – realizing that we have the same high environmental and labor standards as them, but wanting to do things our own way is a bit for them difficult, and there is also the very annoying problem related to fishing.

“The EU believes that outside the European Union they should have exactly the same access to our waters as they do inside.

"But I think with goodwill we should be able to get a deal."

It comes after the UK's Brexit negotiator said last night that the "outline of a deal" was visible even as it emerged the process could take until next month.

After the last round of talks, David Frost said the two sides had had constructive discussions in a "good spirit".

British Brexit Envoy David Frost is meeting today with the Head of the Task Force on European Commission's Relations with the UK Michel Barnier at the European Commission in Brussels

British Brexit Envoy David Frost is meeting today with the Head of the Task Force on European Commission's Relations with the UK Michel Barnier at the European Commission in Brussels

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also spoke of progress on “many, many” fronts.

Boris Johnson has suggested he could step away from the negotiating table if no agreement is reached ahead of an October 15 EU summit.

However, the mail assumes that the talks could last into the next month if both sides believe an agreement is in sight.

Environment Secretary George Eustice told the mail last night that the talks could last three weeks.

"We really need to have some kind of concept head that understands whether there will be a landing zone by mid-October," he said. "And we really can't let things drag on beyond the first week of November because companies need to know where they stand."

A source told the mail that Michel Barnier, the EU's leading negotiator, believes an agreement may not be signed until early next month.

In an interview last night, Mr Johnson appealed to European leaders to be "nonsensical" and to come to an agreement.

"I hope we get a deal, it's up to our friends," he told the BBC. “You made the deal we want with Canada. Why shouldn't they do it with us? We're so close, we've been members for 45 years. It's all there, it's just up to you. & # 39;

Ms. von der Leyen called for trade talks to step up as she prepared to take stock of progress with Mr. Johnson. The two leaders are due to speak later today to discuss the next steps after the final scheduled round of formal talks.

News of the conference call sparked speculation about a final series of intense conversations known as "tunnels".

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, takes off her protective mask before making a declaration on the resignation agreement yesterday at EU headquarters in Brussels

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, takes off her protective mask before making a declaration on the resignation agreement yesterday at EU headquarters in Brussels

Ms von der Leyen said the toughest issues – including fisheries and state aid rules – still need to be resolved to reach an agreement before the transition period for Brexit ends on December 31 at any cost, "she said. “We have made progress in many, many different areas, but of course the most difficult ones are still open.

“But overall there is a way where there is a will. I think we should step up the negotiations. We run out of time – about 100 days until the end of the year – and it's worth taking a step forward now. & # 39;

At the end of the ninth round of negotiations, Lord Frost said: “These have been constructive discussions and have been conducted in good spirits.

“In many areas of our conversations, the outlines of an agreement are visible, although differences still exist. I am concerned that there is very little time left before the European Council on October 15 to resolve these issues.

"For our part, we remain determined to work hard to find solutions."

Chancellor Angela Merkel said the bloc was "in a constructive mood" to seal a deal, but so far there has been no breakthrough. "As long as the negotiations are ongoing, I remain optimistic," she said.

"It will be a crucial phase in the next few days."

Mr Barnier said, "We will continue to maintain a calm and respectful demeanor and remain united and determined until the end."

He held a private meeting with MPs earlier this week, and a source familiar with the discussions said he had downplayed the possibility of a deal ahead of the summit.

A Downing Street spokesman said, "In mid-October we believe we would need a solution to this to make sure we all have the things we need for the end of the transition period."

If the EU wants a cod war, we'll give them a cod war! Environment Minister George Eustice threatens stalemate with EU trawlers if Brexit trade talks collapse

Britain is ready to fight and win a new "cod war" with the EU if the Brexit trade negotiations collapse, the environment minister said last night.

In an interview with The Mail, George Eustice said ministers had tacitly introduced a "fivefold increase in our enforcement capacity" last year in preparation for a possible confrontation with European trawler men.

Fisheries remain one of the major sticking points of any deal as Boris Johnson is unwilling to bow to demands that would allow EU trawlers to maintain permanent access to UK waters.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice arrives on Downing Street in central London to attend a Cabinet meeting on September 30, 2020 in London, England

Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice arrives on Downing Street in central London to attend a Cabinet meeting on September 30, 2020 in London, England

Officials fear this could lead to a repetition of the “Cod Wars” of the 1970s, when British trawlers backed by the Royal Navy clashed with Icelandic coastguard vessels to maintain historic fishing rights in the North Atlantic.

When asked directly whether Britain was ready to defend its waters in the event of a no deal, Mr Eustice said, “Yes, we are. In fact, the main lesson from the Cod War was that it is much easier to protect your waters from access by overseas ships than to try to defend the notion of historical access that is no longer available to us. & # 39;

By the beginning of next year, the so-called "cod troop" of the Royal Navy patrol boats will have doubled from three to six.

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