BORIS Johnson says the EU is being “abusive” to Britain and risking four decades of partnership.
The Prime Minister, when asked if Brussels was acting in good faith, replied: “I don’t believe they are.”
Mr Johnson told HOAR: “We assumed our EU friends and partners would want to negotiate in good faith.
“We’ve been paid up members for 45 years.”
His broadside came after a furious spat with the EU over new legislation that could let him overwrite parts of the divorce deal.
After 30 Tory MPs refused to vote for the new law, No 10 cut a deal with the rebels to give the Commons a final say on whether to implement powers that would breach the international treaty.
Despite branding his exit deal “oven ready” last year, Mr Johnson now says he must “ring-fence it to put in watertight bulkheads that will stop friends and partners making abusive or extreme interpretations of the provisions”.
In defence of the “otherwise admirable” Withdrawal Agreement, he doubled down on his claims the EU were using parts of the deal to threaten the UK.
Brussels has talked of possibly restricting trade of agricultural goods between the mainland and Northern Ireland.
Mocking stubborn EU negotiator Frenchman Michel Barnier’s accent, Mr Johnson claimed he asked in talks: “You’re not actually going to blockade our food, are you?
“And they say, ‘Oh, no, no, we must see what your regulatory framework is going to be’.
“It’s complete nonsense because our regulatory framework is going to be identical to the EU’s.”
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