The Prime Minister made the comments after defending the Government’s latest tier controls for England, while on a visit to Public Health England’s site at Porton Down science park near Salisbury. When the camera turned away from Mr Johnson, he proceeded to discuss the current Brexit talks with the EU and could be heard saying the UK is moving towards an ‘Australian-style model’.
He said: “The likelihood of a deal is very much determined by our friends and partners in the EU.
“There a deal to be done if they want to do it, which I think would benefit people on both sides of the Channel.
“But let’s be absolutely clear, this country can prosper and will prosper mightily in either event.
“If we have to come out with a so-called Australian-style model, or Australian relationship, with the EU, we will make a great success of it.
“Everybody is working very hard but clearly there are still substantial and important differences to be bridged, but we are getting on with it.”
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