Brexit | UK actively seeking no-deal Brexit diplomat announces in Brussels speech

DSEI London 2019

David Frost uses a speech in Brussels to announce the UK is actively seeking a no-deal Brexit

Civil Servant David Frost has used a speech in Brussels to announce that the UK is actively seeking a no-deal Brexit

The UK is walking away from an EU trade deal before the talks have even started.

David Frost, the UK’s Chief Brexit Negotiator, used a speech in Brussels that stated, that the UK actually desires and is seeking a no-deal Brexit. The speech is in stark contrast to Boris Johnson’s PR drivel, yet Frost could not have been more clear.

“In an age of huge change, being able to anticipate to adapt, and to encourage really counts. Brexit is about a medium-term belief in that reality that this is true – that even if there is a short-run cost, it will be overwhelmed rapidly by the huge gains of having your own policy regimes in certain areas.”

Only a fdee short months ago, a no-deal or hard Brexit scenario by which the UK would leave the EU with no agreement on future trade or security relations, was regarded with absolute horror by even the most staunch Brexiteers.

During Boris’ questionable Brexit referendum PR campaign, no-deal Brexit was peddled as an almost laughable proposition, part of “project fear”, an impossibility that nobody desired.

They pointed to Switzerland, Norway and other countries that enjoyed close economic and trading ties with the EU, but were not required to be members. A new trade deal was announced as the easiest thing in history to achieve. “We hold all the cards”. Johnson claimed.

Frost continued:

“To think that we might accept EU supervision on so-called level playing field issues simply fails to see the point of what we are doing. That isn’t a simple negotiating position which might move under pressure – it is the point of the whole project. That’s also why we are not going to extend the transition period beyond the end of this year. At the end of this year, we would recover our political and economic independence in full – why would we want to postpone it? That is the point of Brexit.”

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Caleb Simmons
Caleb Simmons | Journalist Since: 2003 | New York - Abu Dhabi - London - Barcelona