Boris Johnson explained any “anxiety” in EU trade talks should be on the British side noting the EU27 have state aid. The Prime Minister added Britain has only enforced state aid four times in the past 21 years while France had it 29 time, Italy 5 and Germany 67. Speaking at the conference, Mr Johnson said: “We want a thriving trade and economic relationship with the EU.
“Our historic friends, partners, neighbours and I shall today be making a parliamentary statement our objectives.
“At the outset I just want to say to ours friends, I want to reassure you about one thing. I want to lay one myth to rest.
“We will not engage in some cut-throat race to the bottom.
“We are not leaving the EU to undermine European standards.
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Boris Johnson explained any “anxiety” in EU trade talks should be on the British side
“We will not engage in any kind of dumping whether the commercial or social or environmental.
“And don’t just listen to what I say or what we say, look at what we do.
“I say to our friends in those three crucial areas I’ve mentioned, the anxiety should really be on our side of the Channel, not yours.
“You’ve got state aid. France spend twice as much on state aid as the UK; Germany three times as much.
Boris Johnson dded Britain has only enforced state aid four times in the past 21 years
“Who is using subsidies to undercut? Not the UK.
“In fact, the EU’s enforced state aid rules against the UK only four times over the past 21 years whereas 29 actions against France, 5 against Italy and 67 against Germany.
In his speech, the Prime Minister sent a stern warning to the EU.
Mr Johnson said the UK was “ready” to be the champion of free trade in the world post-Brexit.
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The Prime Minister said: “When we’re starting to hear some bizarre rhetoric when barriers are going up and where there is a risk that new diseases like coronavirus will trigger a panic and a desire for market segregation that go beyond what is medically rational – to the point of doing real and unnecessary economic damage – then, at that moment, humanity needs some government somewhere that is willing at least to make the case powerful for freedom of exchange.
“Some country ready to take off its Clark Kent spectacles and leap into the phone booth and emerge with its cloak flowing as the champion of the right of population to buy and sell freely among each other.
“I can tell you, in all humility, that he UK is ready for that role.
“We’re ready for the multidimensional game of chess in which we engage in more than one negotiation at once.”