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Johnson conditions his Brexit plans at the expense of a difficult trade agreement with the US

August 25, 2019


The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has recognized the difficulty of reaching a trade agreement with the United States within one year after leaving the European Union on October 31.

“To say that we are going to take years is an exaggeration, but doing everything in one year will cost us,” Johnson said in the framework of the G7 summit that is being held in the French town of Biarritz.

On the possibility of leaving the EU without prior agreement, the worst option for all parties, Johnson has explained to the BBC that “everything depends on our friends and partners in the EU, but the important thing is to prepare to leave without agreement.”

In this regard, Johnson has anticipated that the United Kingdom could go through “unforeseen difficulties” in this scenario.

To do this, however, it seems almost essential that London and Washington manage to close a trade agreement so that the United Kingdom manages to resist the impact of its withdrawal from the EU under any circumstances.

Johnson will raise this Sunday to Brussels the threat of retaining 30,000 million pounds – about 33,000 million euros – from which London owes the EU to force a renegotiation of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, according to the newspaper 'Mail on Sunday '.

“Boris wants a fair agreement to leave the United Kingdom in exchange for the billions he would pay,” said a government source in statements to the newspaper. “The prime minister has always said it was a big mistake” to close some concrete figures before the agreement was completed.

Johnson will present his position during the summit, in a substantial reduction of 39,000 million pounds, the amount promised to pay Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May.

The proposal, which will foreseeably be rejected by the EU, has to do with the speculation launched by the Government itself on the call for early elections in the fall that would be an aggressive campaign with promises to reduce fuel taxes.