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Phillipe Lamberts told LBC he believes the Prime Minister doesn’t want a Brexit trade deal with the European Union. The MEP added that opening the door to the EU single market without respecting EU standards was a worse alternative than failing to agree a trade deal with the UK.
Mr Lamberts said: “The Prime Minister’s speech yesterday is consistent with the view I have held for some time that actually he doesn’t want a deal.”
The MEP stated that the European Union felt the “UK’s word could not be trusted” but they kept negotiating.
He added regarding Boris Johnson: “If he cannot provoke us to leave the table he has to do it himself.
“That is what he did yesterday alleging that the EU will not offer a Canada style deal.”
Mr Lambert was also quizzed regarding the possibility of a no deal Brexit.
He said: “We have to choose between two evils, one is a no-deal Brexit and of course it will hurt.
“But opening the door to the EU single market without respecting EU standards would be an even worse evil between the two evils.
“We have to choose the lesser one.”
On Friday, Mr Johnson told the UK to prepare for an Australia-style trade agreement with the European Union.
He said: “They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is obviously unacceptable to an independent country.
“Since we have only ten weeks until the end of the transition period on January 1, I have to make a judgment about the likely outcome and to get us all ready.
“Given that they have refused to negotiate seriously for much of the last few months, and given that this summit appears explicitly to rule out a Canada-style deal, I have concluded that we should get ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s based on simple principles of global free trade.
“We can do it, because we always knew that there would be change on January 1 whatever type of relationship we had.”
The Prime Minister continued: “So now is the time for our businesses to get ready, and for hauliers to get ready, and for travellers to get ready.
“Of course we are willing to discuss the practicalities with our friends where a lot of progress has already been made, by the way, on such issues as social security, and aviation, nuclear cooperation and so on.
“But for whatever reason it is clear from the summit that after 45 years of membership they are not willing – unless there is some fundamental change of approach – to offer this country the same terms as Canada.
“So with high hearts and complete confidence we will prepare to embrace the alternative.
“And we will prosper mightily as an independent free trading nation, controlling our own borders, our fisheries, and setting our own laws.”
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