Brexit: Ursula von der Leyen says EU commerce deal proposals wouldn’t undermine UK sovereignty – dwell | Politics


Good morning. We’ve been listening to much more from Boris Johnson in latest days in regards to the supposed deserves of the “Australian choice” for Brexit. He was at it once more final night time, as he warned that failing to strike a commerce cope with the EU is now “a powerful chance”. Partly this displays the Tory spin assumption that any public coverage choice (points-based immigration system) may be made extra palatable affiliation with Australia, a pleasant, English-speaking nation with sunny climate. However, as spin, additionally it is doubly mendacious. The so-called Australian deal is only a euphemism for no deal. And, below this situation, the UK wouldn’t even take pleasure in the advantages that Australian has in its relationship with the EU.

There is no such thing as a must take my phrase for it. Malcolm Turnbull, the previous Australian prime minister, was on Query Time final night time and that is what he mentioned when he was requested if the UK ought to be pleased with an Australian-style deal. He replied:


It’ll be fairly disappointing, I feel you’ll discover out.

We clearly have a cope with the EU on WTO phrases, and there are some very massive boundaries to Australian commerce with Europe, which we’re looking for to handle as we negotiate a free commerce settlement with Europe. However Australians wouldn’t regard our commerce relationship with Europe as being a passable one.

It’s our third largest buying and selling companion collectively as a result of it’s such an enormous financial system. However there are very huge boundaries to Australian exports of agricultural merchandise particularly, there’s numerous friction within the system when it comes to providers. There’s rather a lot to purpose for, and once I was Prime Minister we began formal negotiations of a European-Australian Free Commerce Settlement, however that may take a while.

So watch out what you want for. Australia’s relationship with the EU will not be one from a commerce viewpoint that Britain, I feel, would need.

This morning I’ll largely be specializing in Brexit once more, though I may also be maintaining a tally of coronavirus and different UK politics. Right here is the agenda for the day.

12pm: Downing Avenue is anticipated to carry its every day foyer briefing.

12pm: The ONS publishes its weekly coronavirus an infection survey.

12.15pm: Nicola Sturgeon is anticipated to carry her common coronavirus briefing.

12.15pm: The Welsh authorities is anticipated to to carry its common coronavirus briefing.

Lunchtime: The UK authorities publishes its newest estimate for R, the replica quantity.

And sooner or later at present Ursula von der Leyen, the European fee president, and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, will maintain a press convention on the finish of the EU summit.

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Malcolm Turnbull.

Malcolm Turnbull. {Photograph}: ABC TV





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