Boris Johnson’s bumpy road for trade as he butts heads with EU
The UK and the EU are on a collision course as the UK sets out its red lines even before talks start on a post-Brexit trade agreement
London — Prime Minister Boris Johnson will put the UK on a collision course with the EU on Thursday when he lays out his government’s red lines before talks start on a post-Brexit trade agreement next week.
The EU said on Tuesday that no deal will be possible unless Britain signs up to level playing field provisions meant to ensure it doesn’t gain a competitive advantage by undercutting the bloc’s regulations. But Johnson’s office made it clear that only full independence will do — and insisted the premier would walk away and trade with the UK’s closest markets without a formal deal if necessary...