BORIS Johnson refused to budge on his trade deal red lines as he met the new EU chief for the first time yesterday.
The PM told European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen there was no chance of Britain extending the transition period beyond 2020.
Hours earlier she had said it would be “impossible” to seal a full trade deal this year.
Mr Johnson said fishing rights would not be on the table, he would not sign to any partnership involving European courts, nor compromise on freedom of movement.
At their No10 meeting, the PM also said Britain would not sign up to any deal that aligns the UK with EU regulations, though he did say we would not lower food or environmental standards post-Brexit.
The pair also agreed to conduct trade talks in London. They have previously taken place in Brussels.
Negotiations are unlikely to formally start until March 1 despite the PM pushing for them immediately after January 31.
‘BRITISH PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH’
German Mrs von der Leyen, 61, reiterated that a deal would be impossible to reach by December 2020 and urged the PM to abandon his key pledge not to extend the transition period.
A government source said of Mr Johnson’s response: “He told her we would absolutely not be extending.
“The British people have had enough of this debate, they’re sick of it. We need to get this done by 2020. He was emphatic.”
The pair appeared to open up the prospect of locking in deals in areas where there is the greatest risk of disruption.
No10 said they had ditched the previous approach of “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”.
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Before the meeting Mr Johnson, 55, recalled how the pair had attended the same private school in Brussels and said he had introduced British Bulldog as a game there.
Earlier Mrs von der Leyen used a speech at the London School of Economics to warn that Britain will have to agree to follow swathes of EU rules if its companies want the “highest quality access” to Europe.
And she pushed the PM to ditch his opposition to ongoing free movement — a suggestion the PM would turn down later in the afternoon.
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