London. Britain is increasingly prepared to leave the EU without a trade deal. The so-called “no-deal Brexit”.
Prime Minister Michael Gove, who is leading the British negotiating team in talks with the EU, told the Sunday Times on Sunday.
– It’s not my favorite destination. But if the choice is between shaping our own future or being locked up indefinitely, then it is not a choice at all.
– And leaving the EU on Australian terms is an outcome for which we are better and better prepared, says Michael Gove.
According to The Guardian, the British government has started talking about Brexit in Australian terms because it is a more edible way of talking about a “no-deal Brexit” for voters.
However, this is basically the same as Australia does not have a free trade agreement with the EU.
Therefore, most of the trade between the EU and Australia is governed by the international rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Gove’s announcement comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that Britain should prepare to have a system like Australia’s, unless the EU changes its approach to negotiations.
But there is not much to suggest that and he is therefore preparing for a non-contractual separation with the EU at the end of the year.
On Sunday, the Financial Times newspaper writes that more than 70 British business organizations have made one last attempt to persuade politicians to reach a deal with the EU.
The organizations represent over seven million workers in the UK and include, among others, the Farmers’ National Trade Union and the British Industry Association (CBI).
They urge the parties to reach an agreement at home.
– With commitment and perseverance, an agreement can be reached. The business community is urging leaders on both sides to find a way forward, the organizations wrote in a statement according to the Financial Times.
/ ritzau / Reuters
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