From the outset we had been completely clear that we wished nothing extra sophisticated than a Canada-style relationship based mostly on friendship and free commerce.
To evaluate by the most recent EU summit in Brussels, that gained’t work for our EU companions.
They need the continued skill to regulate our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a means that’s fully unacceptable to an unbiased nation.
And since we’ve got solely 10 weeks till the top of the transition interval on 1 January, I’ve to make a judgment in regards to the seemingly end result and to get us all prepared.
And provided that they’ve refused to barter severely for a lot of the previous couple of months and provided that this summit seems explicitly to rule out a Canada-style deal, I’ve concluded that we should always prepare for 1 January with preparations which can be extra like Australia’s, based mostly on easy ideas of world free commerce.
And we will do it as a result of we all the time knew that there could be change on 1 January no matter sort of relationship we had.
And so now’s the time for our companies to prepare and for our hauliers to prepare, for travellers to prepare.
And, in fact, we’re keen to debate the practicalities with our mates the place a number of progress has already been made, by the way in which, on such points as social safety and aviation, nuclear cooperation, and so forth.
However, for no matter cause, it’s clear from the summit that after 45 years of membership, they aren’t keen, except there’s some basic change of method, to supply this nation the identical phrases as Canada.
And so with excessive hearts and with full confidence, we’ll put together to embrace the choice and we’ll prosper mightily as an unbiased free-trading nation controlling our personal borders, our fisheries and setting our personal legal guidelines.
And within the meantime, the federal government will, in fact, be specializing in tackling Coivd and constructing that higher in order that 2021 is a 12 months of restoration and renewal.