The prime minister claimed that Brussels had “given up” on ambition, but insisted that “we always knew there would be a change” next year once the period of tradition ended “whatever the type of relationship we had ”.
Speaking from Downing Street after an EU summit, both sides said the deadline to reach a trade deal Mr Johnson said it seemed the country was heading towards what he called “The Australian solution”.
He suggested that he not walk away completely from the negotiations, adding: “What we tell them is to come here, come to us, if there is a fundamental change in approach. ”
The UK left the EU on January 31 this year.
After that, the country entered a period of transition, following many of the same rules, which meant that there was no change in trade and tariffs or things like freedom of movement.
Negotiators have since been trying to strike a trade deal that will go into effect when it expires at the end of December.
But Mr Johnson said in a dramatic intervention that “there does not appear to be any progress coming from Brussels”.
He told businesses and carriers to “prepare” for there to be no free trade agreement.
And he urged people to ’embrace the alternative’ with ‘a high heart’, vowing the UK ‘will support mightily’.
The pound fell a cent against the dollar immediately after Mr Johnson’s statement, but quickly recovered to trade at just under $ 1.29.