No prime minister could accept the demands the European Union is currently making as the price for a trade deal, Boris Johnson said ahead of crucial talks with the EU’s top official.
The British Prime Minister will fly to Brussels for dinner with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen with the negotiations in crisis and time running out.
Johnson set out the main problems he has with the EU’s position, although he said “a good deal is still there to be done”.
Johnson continued, “Our friends in the EU are currently insisting that if they pass a new law in the future with which we in this country do not comply or don’t follow suit, then they want the automatic right to punish us and to retaliate.
“Secondly, they are saying that the UK should be the only country in the world not to have sovereign control over its fishing waters.
“I don’t believe that those are terms that any prime minister of this country should accept.”