Boris Johnson has 'no fear' of a No Deal Brexit ahead of EU talks with Von Der Leyen tomorrow - as Tory peer Lord Agnew accuses British businesses of having their 'heads in the sand' over exit from single market
鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)对明天欧盟与冯德莱恩(Von Der Leyen)谈判之前不会达成协议的英国退欧“毫不畏惧”-保守党同僚阿格纽勋爵(Lord Agnew)指责英国企业在退出单一市场问题上“头脑发热”
Boris Johnson today told his Cabinet that he has 'no fear' of a No Deal Brexit ahead of a crunch EU summit this week.
The Prime Minister told ministers that talks with Brussels are at a crucial stage ahead of speaking to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tomorrow.
首相告诉部长们，与布鲁塞尔的会谈正处于关键阶段，明天将与欧盟委员会主席乌苏拉·冯德莱恩(Ursula Von Der Leyen)交谈。
It comes as Tory minister Lord Agnew accused businesses of adopting a 'head-in-the-sand approach' ahead of Britain's exit from the Single Market and Customs Union at the end of the year.
However, Ireland's foreign affairs minister Simon Coveney said he did not expect a UK-EU trade deal to be reached at the European Council summit.
AndEuropean Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic claimed that the summit on Thursday would be 'an important moment to take stock' of the trade negotiations.
欧盟委员会(European Commission)副主席马罗斯·塞夫科维奇(Maros Sefcovic)声称，周四的峰会将是评估贸易谈判的重要时刻。
Mr Johnson told his Cabinet that he still believes a post-Brexit trade deal can be done, his official spokesman said.
'The PM reiterated that, while we want a deal on the right terms, if we can't get there we are ready and willing to move forward with an Australian-style outcome, which holds no fear,' the spokesman said.
Australia has no comprehensive trade deal with the EU, but also does far less business with the block that Britain.
Michel Barnier, the EU's lead negotiator, updated ministers from the 27 member states at a meeting in Luxembourg ahead of this week's European Council summit.
欧盟首席谈判代表米歇尔·巴尼耶(Michel Barnier)在本周欧洲理事会(European Council)峰会之前于卢森堡举行的一次会议上向27个成员国的部长们通报了最新情况。
He suggested that talks would go on beyond Mr Johnson's October 15 deadline. 'The EU will continue to work for a fair deal in the coming days and weeks,' he said.
Lord Frost, Mr Johnson's Europe adviser, will be taking part in negotiations in Brussels until the eve of the summit.
Michael Roth, Germany's Europe minister, suggested the UK would have to give further ground on fishing rights, 'level playing field' arrangements such as state subsidies, and the way any deal would be governed.
At the General Affairs Council (GAC) meeting, Mr Roth said: 'Frankly speaking, we are at a very critical stage in the negotiations. We are extremely under pressure, time is running out.
'That's why we expect substantial progress by our friends from the UK in key areas.'
Mr Roth added: 'We are well-prepared for both scenarios, everybody should know that a no-deal scenario is the worst case, not just for the European Union but also for the United Kingdom, but we are also prepared for that.
'But we are working very hard on a good deal, on a sustainable deal which is acceptable for both sides.'
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said 'time is in short supply' to reach a post-Brexit trade deal.
The spokesman said there was a need for 'more urgency and realism' so that progress can be made on the 'significant gaps' that remain in areas such as fisheries and the level playing field.
Asked about Michel Barnier's suggestion that talks would continue in the coming weeks, the spokesman restated the UK's desire for progress by the European Council summit on Thursday.
'There is a need for us to provide clarity in the middle of this month,' the spokesman said.
European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic, who has been leading talks with Michael Gove on the implementation of the Brexit divorce deal, said: 'EU unity is solid. We continue: full attention, full speed in this final stage.'
欧盟委员会副主席马罗斯·塞夫科维奇(Maros Sefcovic)一直在领导与迈克尔·戈夫(Michael Gove)就实施英国退欧离婚协议的谈判，他表示：“欧盟团结是牢固的。我们将继续：全神贯注，全速进入最后阶段。”
Irish foreign affairs minister Coveney said he did not expect a UK-EU trade deal to be reached at the European Council summit tomorrow.
He warned that Mr Johnson's controversial plan to break international law contained in the UK Internal Market Bill would have to be abandoned if a deal is to command support among the EU's leaders.
他警告称，如果一项协议要获得欧盟领导人的支持，约翰逊违反英国内部市场法案(UK Internal Market Bill)中包含的国际法的有争议的计划将不得不放弃。
Mr Coveney told reporters in Luxembourg: 'There are a number of weeks left in this negotiation, not a number of days, so when the European Council meets at the end of this week there will be a detailed stocktake on where we are in these negotiations.
'But certainly I don't see that there will be any major breakthrough this week.'
Mr Coveney suggested the end of the month was a more realistic deadline for a deal in order to allow time to ratify it.
In the UK, Government minister Lord Agnew warned that businesses were not ready for the changes that will come in on January 1 when the country leaves the single market and customs union.
He told the Treasury Select Committee: 'There's been a head-in-the-sand approach by traders which has been compounded by what I would call the quadruple-whammy of two false alarms — two extensions at the very last minute — then followed by Covid and now followed by the recession.
'The traders are not as ready as they should be.'
The comments prompted a backlash from business groups. Confederation of British Industry deputy director-general Josh Hardie said: 'Businesses are doing all they can to prepare for Brexit.
'But firms face a hat-trick of unprecedented challenges: rebuilding from the first wave of Covid-19, dealing with the resurgence of the virus and uncertainty over the UK's trading relationship with the EU.
'More than three-quarters of businesses want a deal that will support people's jobs and livelihoods amid these incredibly uncertain times.
'The best way to help preparations is to agree a deal in the coming weeks.'
Logistics UK policy director Elizabeth de Jong said: 'Instead of spending the next 11 weeks before the end of the transition period debating who and what is or isn't ready, Logistics UK is proactively working with Government on a series of metrics to assess readiness, so that Government and industry can be as confident as possible that all is on track for a smooth transition to a new trading arrangement with the EU.
'Despite the challenges our members are facing to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic and the festive season, traditionally our busiest time of year, we stand ready to help keep Britain trading as we always do.'
Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey said a post-Brexit trade deal would be the 'best outcome' for all sides.
He told the Lords Economic Affairs Committee today: 'I do think for all parties involved in this process that a trade agreement is the best outcome.'