Boris Johnson to use high tariffs as "leverage" in trade negotiations with EU, US

Boris Johnson to use high tariffs as "leverage" in trade negotiations with EU, US
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could threaten the European Union, the United States, and other countries with high tariffs as “leverage” to pressure the nations to conclude trade deals with Britain, APA reports citing The Times.

The strategy of threatening trade partners with high tariffs in order to accelerate trade talks was allegedly discussed by Boris Johnson and his cabinet ministers who agreed during a meeting of the EU exit strategy committee on Thursday that the proposal should be put up for consultation.

The move could potentially result in taxes of 10 percent on cars from Germany and 30 percent on some types of French cheese, while several countries, such as Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand, will reportedly be prioritised and marked as “tier one” states during trade talks.

Downing Street hasn't commented on the report so far.

Britain, which is finally set to leave the European Union after three years of negotiations on 31 January, is expected to continue discussions over trade conditions and agreements in the course of an 11-month transition period, until 31 December. According to the newspaper, Britain’s trade negotiation plan will be announced by Boris Johnson in the first week of February.

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