Brexiteer warns no deal ONLY WAY to take back control of laws, borders, cash and fish

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The former Brexit Party MEP insisted Brexit must mean taking back control of Britain’s laws, borders, cash and fishing. Mr Habib added that Boris Johnson will have to do some clever negotiating to deliver a real Brexit.

Asked if no deal is the only way, the businessman told “I think so if you define a real Brexit as one in which we get back control of our laws, our borders, our cash and our fishing then the minute the Prime Minister signed the Withdrawal Agreement it was impossible for him to deliver his promises.

“The Northern Ireland Protocol puts a border down the Irish sea, requires goods declarations between Northern Ireland and the UK going both ways and commits Northern Ireland to EU state aid law.

“And not just EU state aid law as it happens to be at the end of the transition period, it commits Northern Ireland to dynamic alignment with EU state aid law.

“In other words as the EU changes its own laws, Northern Ireland will have to fall into place.

“As a result of Northern Ireland being part of the UK that will impinge on the rest of the UK as well because companies and businesses that operate in Northern Ireland will be caught right across the UK by those laws.

“Unless the Government unpicks the Northern Ireland Protocol as a very bare minimum, we cannot regard any deal that comes out of Government as one that delivers a genuine Brexit.

“He is going to have to do some really nifty negotiating to get what I think any independently-minded person would regard as a proper Brexit.”

Mr Habib also predicted Britain and Brussels are “almost dead certain” to strike an agreement. 

The ex-MEP insisted no deal is unlikely as the UK is simply not prepared for it.

Mr Habib said: “I think they are almost dead certain to do a deal now.

“I think there’s no chance of no deal.

“Apart from anything else the UK is not ready for no deal.

“If we were going to no deal on December 31 the country would need to know how we are going to be dealing with goods coming in from the EU in terms of tariffs and everything else, what it would need for the movement of capital between the EU and the UK, what it would need for travel between the EU and the UK, what it would need for double taxation of profits for companies who have subsidiaries in the EU and parent companies in the UK and vice versa.

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“The Government has not put out any messaging on any of this which says to me actually they never planned for no deal which means they will eventually do a deal.

“Because they’re not ready for no deal, if you’re not ready for no deal, you’re not going to get a good one.

“I’m virtually certain that there will be compromises made by the UK and more so than the EU.

“They will be dressed up as compromises made by the EU and the deal will be pronounced as being a fantastic one for the UK but an in depth analysis of it will reveal that it is not a good deal.

“That’s my prediction which is not very upbeat and optimistic I’m afraid.”

The Prime Minister is holding a conference call with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday.

The video conference follows the final scheduled round of formal post-Brexit trade talks led by UK chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier.

The announcement of the conference call between Mr Johnson and Mrs von der Leyen prompted speculation they could be preparing to launch a series of intensive talks – dubbed “the tunnel” – in a last push for an agreement.

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