Talks will continue over the weekend on a post-Brexit trade deal, with both sides still coy about the prospect of a deal.
For many, the Brexit negotiations have no end in sight. A number of comments from both sides suggest that there could be a stalemate in the on-again, off-again talks.
As the deadline for the start of talks on this March’s future relationship draws ever closer, we look at some of the most memorable quotes from Boris Johnson during the Brexit process since he became prime minister in May 2019.
On his plans for Brexit after the election
“It looks like this Conservative One Nation government has been given a strong new mandate to deliver Brexit.” – December 13, 2019
Brexit: what’s going to change as of Jan. 1, 2021?
Leaving on 31 Oct. 2019
“We are preparing to leave on October 31…Do or die, come what may” – June 25, 2019
“I am confident we can reach an agreement. We will exit on October 31 under any circumstances. There will be no further pointless delay.” – September 3, 2019
The Brexit postponement
“I’d rather be lying dead in a ditch” – Sept. 5, 2019
On having a deal done
“We have an oven-ready deal. All we have to do is slide it in at gas stage 4, give it 20 minutes, and Bob’s your uncle.” – November 3, 2019
On the Agreement of Withdrawal
The signing of the Withdrawal Agreement is a fantastic moment, finally implementing the outcome of the 2016 referendum and ending far too many years of conflict and division.’ – Jan. 24, 2020
Brexit: In trade talks, Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen make ‘considerable progress’
On the Act on the Single Market.
“What we cannot tolerate now is a situation where our EU counterparts seriously believe they have the power to break up our country,” he said.
We can not have a situation where a foreign power or an international organization can dictate the borders of our country.’ – September 14, 2020
Brexit: How the European media responded to the attempt by Boris Johnson to alter the withdrawal agreement
On the trade talks’ breakdown
“The trade talks are over: the EU effectively ended them by saying it did not want to change its negotiating position. Only if the EU fundamentally changes its position will it be worth talking.”
On a deal in Canadian-style
“We have been absolutely clear from the beginning that we don’t want anything more complicated than a Canadian-style relationship based on friendship and free trade,” he said.
That’s not going to work for our EU partners, judging by the recent EU summit in Brussels. They want to continue to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is clearly unacceptable for an independent country.’ October 16, 2020
On the prospect of a deal with no
And so, we will prepare for the alternative with heavy hearts and full confidence.
“And we will prosper mightily as an independent free trade nation, controlling our own borders and our fisheries and making our own laws.”
On Brexit and Scotland
“I believe that Scotland, along with the rest of the United Kingdom, will benefit from a very strong relationship with our friends and partners across the Channel, whatever the circumstances and whatever terms we reach tonight.”
On the current offer by the EU
I’ve been told this is a bit like twins, and the United Kingdom is one twin, the EU is the other, and if the EU decides to have a haircut, the United Kingdom is going to have a haircut or it’s going to be penalized. Or if the EU decides to buy an expensive handbag, then it is also necessary for the UK to buy an expensive handbag or face tariffs. – Dec. 10
Brexit on no-deal
“We need to be very, very clear, I think. There is a strong possibility now – a strong possibility – that we will have a solution that is much more like the relationship of Australia with the EU than the relationship of Canada with the EU.
As far as the gift for Nicola is concerned, there are all kinds of things that will naturally come out of the United Kingdom to have a new relationship with our European Union friends. But one thing that could be of particular interest to the people of Scotland is that hundreds of thousands of tons of fish, shellfish and crustaceans will become proud owners.
Boris Johnson claims that d