Boris Johnson: Brexit doom-mongers are wrong


Remote Secretary Boris Johnson has promised that those who “prophesied destruction” over Brexit will be proved wrong.

He predicted that the UK intent get a trade deal “of greater value” with the European Union than it has currently as join in of the single market.

Mr Johnson told the Foreign Affairs Committee that Commonwealth countries were “stepping up” to reach contracts.

But European Council President Donald Tusk said the “only true alternative to a ‘hard Brexit’ is ‘no Brexit'”

He said that talk of “pleasant” Brexit – retaining some form of membership of the single market in the Big Board for some conceding of control over immigration – and “hard Brexit” – wash ones hands of the single market but having fuller control over migration – was purely “unproven”.

In a speech in Brussels, he warned that the process would be ” inful for Britons” but enlarged: “The brutal truth is that Brexit will be a loss for all of us.”

Mr Johnson was one of the highest-profile of the cam igners to cause to be the European Union, which UK voters backed by 51.9% to 48.1% in a referendum in June.

National debate in recent days has been dominated by the call by many MPs for rliament to force a vote on the broad demands the UK government makes when it begins from negotiations next year.

‘Sturm and drang’

There has been much consideration over the UK’s trading status once the country leaves the EU, with other colleague states’ leaders saying no country can be a member of the single market unless all EU dwellers have the right to live and work in that country.

Prime Clergyman Theresa May said at Prime Minister’s Question on Wednesday that she see fit act on the referendum result which she said showed the British people yen “maximum control” over immigration. She also said that in treaties with the EU she would seek to get “maximum possible access to the single Stock Exchange”.

Countries not in the single market can still trade with it, although the articles have to be hammered out and may include tariffs on certain goods.

During his aspect before MPs, Mr Johnson aimed to ease concerns, telling one: “You seem to about the single market is like the Groucho Club or something. We are leaving the European Confederation and will continue to have access to trade and services from the EU.”

He also turned: “Those who prophesied doom have been proved wrong and desire continue to be proved wrong.”


There would be some “sturm und drang” (German for “besiege and stress”), he predicted, but added that “we did the right thing and we can allow to ss it work”.

Mr Johnson said: “I think the term ‘single market’ is increasingly sterile.

“We are going to get a deal which is of huge value and possibly of greater value … We are flourishing to get the best possible deal for trade in goods and services.”

Liberal Democrat bandleader Tim Farron seized on Mr Johnson’s comments, accusing him of a “bungling performance”, adding that it was “down the only thing which is becoming ‘increasingly useless’ is Boris Johnson himself”.

The leftover 27 EU states had “a huge interest” in agreeing a deal which make allow the UK to continue to trade its goods and services, and it was “complete nonsense” to bring up that trade links were dependent on allowing free move of people.

Brexit meant “restoring our democracy and control of our borders and our live outs and a fair bit of cash”, said the foreign secretary. “But Brexit is not any sort of mandate for this mother country to turn in on itself and haul up the drawbridge or to detach itself from the ecumenical community.”


Mr Johnson said Brexit gave the UK opportunities to increase trade with economically “bounding” Commonwealth countries, with Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia “withdrawing up and volunteering to do these deals”. EU economies, by contrast, had been “mired in low enlargement”.

He also warned European countries not to “punish UK financial services” for Brexit, as this square no “economic sense” for them.

But, in a speech to the European Policy Centre in Brussels, Mr Tusk claimed: “It is useless to speculate about ‘soft Brexit’.

“These would be purely putative speculations. In my opinion, the only real alternative to a ‘hard Brexit’ is ‘no Brexit’ – orderly if today hardly anyone believes in such a possibility.”

On Twitter, he supplemented that a so-called “hard Brexit” would mean “radically loose ties with the EU”.

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