Boris Johnson is the favorite in the race for the office of conservative party leader and British prime minister, Boris Johnson, revealed gross gaps in his Brexit plan in a BBC interview on Friday night. Johnson wants to lead the UK out of the EU on October 31, “come, whatever you want”.
Should the EU by then not respond to Johnson’s demands for changes to the Brexit Agreement, he wants to retire, if necessary, without a deal from the international community.
Johnson claims that negative consequences for the economy could then be overcome through a provision of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) – an international treaty that laid the foundations for the World Trade Organization (WTO). Then just the same trading rules could apply as before, until a new free trade agreement is concluded, Johnson said. Customs duties are superfluous. However, weeks ago, he could not even name the exact provision of the agreement.
In an interview with BBC presenter Andrew Neil, Johnson now attached great importance to Article 24, clause 5 (b) of the GATT Agreement. The question of Neil, whether he knew what was in paragraph 5 c, Johnson had to deny, however. In it, Neil taught him that “you not only need EU approval, you also need to agree on the outline of a future trade agreement and the timeline to achieve that.” Why, if Johnson did not even want to commit to the terms of the withdrawal that were already agreed, should Brussels agree, Neil asked. Johnson had no convincing answer.