Boris praised for Brexit tactic as PM turns ‘threat into reality’ in warning to Brussels

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Academic and Research Director of the IEA, Syed Kamall argued Boris Johnson was able to turn a threat into a reality for the EU in the Brexit trade talks. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Kamall said the EU would now have to deal with the reality of the Internal Market Bill passing through Parliament. He noted the British negotiating team could say “their hands were tied” when they would receive complaints from the EU.

Mr Kamall said: “It is really interesting because one of the things that really helps any negotiator is coming to the table and saying my hands are tied.

“The UK Parliament has passed this deal and we have now got this Bill through Parliament.”

Mr Kamall highlighted this was a strategy that could have been used by previous Prime Ministers when dealing with the EU.

He said: “I remember with David Cameron and others when there would be an argument with them.

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“Someone would say why don’t you just let Parliament vote and then you can say to the EU or any negotiating partner, I’m sorry, I would love to help but my hands are tied.

“Given the Internal Market Bill has been passed by Parliament, it is now a reality, not a threat anymore.”

The political expert then went into the details of the Internal Market Bill and what it would mean for Britain.

He said: “If you look at the Internal Market Bill, what it says is it gives the Government the potential to do this, it needs Parliamentary scrutiny, it makes sure goods continue to flow across the Irish border, between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

“It is a very good negotiating tactic to show we have got this bill.

“We can say to the EU, don’t think if you don’t sign a deal and walk away that you have scored points over us.”

Tensions still remain high between the UK and EU in regards to agreeing a trade deal by the end of the year. 

With the end of the transition period, at the end of the year, looming, the likelihood of a no deal Brexit has been increasing, according to some commentators.

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Last month, the Prime Minister gave the EU until October 15 to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, in order to make sure both parliaments have time to ratify an agreement before the end of the transition period.

Mr Barnier told EU ambassadors the talks will likely continue past Thursday’s deadline and does not believe the UK will pull out of the talks if an agreement is not reached.

This has caused confusion as neither side seems willing to give any ground to quickly agree a trade deal, despite both the UK and EU have said they have negotiated in good faith.

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