Brexit: Boris Johnson wants a deal like the EU's with Canada

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "quite optimistic" about a post-Brexit deal in an interview with Telegraph, while he is due to discuss by videoconference with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday, in view of the European summit on October 15.

The UK has always been clear on what we want; we want an agreement like the one made (by the EU) with Canada, explained Mr Johnson, before adding: <q data-attributes = "{" lang ": {" value ":" fr "," label ":" Français "}," value ": {" html " : "We have been members (of the European Union) for 45years, and I don't see why they can't have the same deal with us, so I'm quite optimistic "," text ":" We have been members (of the European Union) for 45 years, and I don't see why they can't have the same deal with us, so I'm pretty optimistic "}}" lang = "en”>We've been a member (of the European Union) for 45 years, and I don't see why they can't have the same deal with us, so I'm pretty optimistic.

The European summit scheduled for October 15 is the deadline for reaching an agreement, so that it can be implemented by the end of the year.

The next breakthroughs could occur on Saturday afternoon, during a videoconference exchange scheduled between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen.

The exchange will take place after another week of trade talks led by European negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Frost.

We should intensify the negotiations. It is worth working hard at it.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

We are run out of time, she insisted at the end of a European summit where she took stock of the situation with European leaders, without detailing her expectations with the British Prime Minister.

The latter estimated, in the columns of Daily Telegraph, that the chances of reaching an agreement were very good if everyone uses common sense.

While time is running out, several sensitive subjects still prevent the signing of an agreement between the two parties, such as the governance of the future agreement or the eternal question of guarantees required by the EU, as well as the question of fisheries, subject explosive.

Ursula Von Der Leyen.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula Von Der Leyen.

Photo: Getty Images / STEPHANIE LECOCQ

On the British side, the negotiators hope to quickly reach the famous tunnel negotiations, that time when an agreement seems close enough to embark on continuous closed-door talks.

You have to calm down a bit with the tunnel, however tempered a European source. There is no sign that we are there!

Confidence crisis

Boris Johnson is also having problems at the national level. The Prime Minister is facing a crisis of confidence within his own camp for his management of the pandemic. This has left more than 42,200 dead in the United Kingdom – a record unparalleled in Europe – and it has started again in recent weeks.

In his party, the tendency is mistrust, even rebellion. According to a survey carried out by the site ConservativeHome, party members are increasingly less supportive of the forced containment measures it imposes locally.

This drop in confidence echoes that seen in general public polls and reflects the decline in popularity of the prime minister himself, said Paul Goodman, editor-in-chief of ConservativeHome.

Some Conservative MPs have also criticized him for not consulting Parliament enough on health measures, as well as his restrictive approach, described by MP Philip Davies as socialist.

Dominic Raab in front of a fence.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Photo: Reuters / HANNAH MCKAY

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab therefore called on the Conservatives to unity on Saturday at the annual Conservative Congress, which is taking place this year only online due to the pandemic.

One of the lessons conservatives are learning from the coronavirus is that we are taller when we work together than when we are each individually, he said at the Conservatives' annual convention.

In a short speech, he praised Boris Johnson's merits on Brexit, the environment or human rights. It was the Prime Minister who had the moral courage to impose sanctions to the Russians, it is the prime minister who will bring the whole world together next year in Glasgow for COP26, he listed.

Boris Johnson's explanations

For its part, Bojo, who will not speak until the last day of Congress, attempted Friday evening in the daily Telegraph to justify himself. I think there is a moral imperative to saving lives where you can, he declared, enjoining people to be a little patient.

The atmosphere was very different at the end of last year, when Boris Johnson was elected head of the Conservatives before triumphantly winning the legislative elections in December on the promise of achieve Brexit , after more than three years of debates on leaving the European Union (EU).

Now, a fringe of Tories even criticizes him for his attitude towards the EU. They fear in particular that the government's bill, which partly reverses the Brexit agreement reached a year ago, could damage the diplomatic credibility of the United Kingdom, because this turnaround violates London's own admission the law international.

The conservative press has found a new darling in the person of the young and telegenic Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, whom they would see as Downing Street's successor.

Boris Johnson claimed in the Telegraph born make one with Mr. Sunak and not seeing him as a rival, boasting <q data-attributes = "{" lang ": {" value ":" fr "," label ":" Français "}," value ": {" html ":" the team spirit between the number10 and number11 "," text ":" the team spirit between number 10 and number 11 "}}" lang = "fr”>team spirit between number 10 and number 11, in reference to their neighboring residences on Downing Street.

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