The United Kingdom and the European Union can still close a good trade deal. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this in the run-up to the consultations in Brussels with President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission on Wednesday evening.
They will then dine together and try to get moving in the problematic Brexit talks.
According to Johnson, the demands currently set by the EU in the negotiations are unacceptable, including in the field of fisheries.
He said in the House of Commons that Brussels wants the United Kingdom to give up its sovereignty over its fishing grounds. “I don’t believe those are conditions that a prime minister of this country should accept.”
Johnson further stated that the UK would “thrive” even without a trade deal. The country is ready for next year, whatever its future relationship with the EU may be, the prime minister said.