Time to stand up to EU bullies on Brexit, says UK ex-foreign minister Johnson

In his weekly column in the Telegraph newspaper, Boris Johnson said the Brexit negotiations were entering a "moment of crisis".
In his weekly column in the Telegraph newspaper, Boris Johnson said the Brexit negotiations were entering a "moment of crisis".PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain should stop being pushed around by the European Union and press for a "super Canada" free trade deal, former foreign minister Boris Johnson said, increasing pressure on his former boss, Prime Minister Theresa May, over Brexit.

In his weekly column in the Telegraph newspaper to be published on Monday (Oct 15), Mr Johnson, who was the figurehead of the campaign to leave the EU, said the Brexit negotiations were entering a "moment of crisis" and that Mrs May should change tack.

"There comes a point when you have to stand up to bullies. After more than two years of being ruthlessly pushed around by the EU, it is time for the UK to resist," he wrote.

"There is a better solution... It is the Super Canada, zero tariff, zero quota, free trade deal at the heart of a deep and special partnership. It is right for both sides, and it is time to go for it."