The transition period ends on Dec. 31 and intensive negotiations are ongoing between London and Brussels. Johnson said a deal was there to be done but there were still difficult issues that needed to be fixed.
Asked during a BBC television interview whether he was worried about the potential impact of a no-deal situation in the middle of the COVID pandemic, Johnson said: "I don't want the Australian WTO-type outcome particularly, but we can more than live with it."
BORIS JOHNSON: I think it's there to be done. I think, alas, you know, there are some difficult issues that need to be fixed. And the EU needs to understand that we're actually serious about needing to control our own laws and our own regulations. And similarly, they need to understand that the repatriation of the UK'S fisheries, which were lost in 1973--
ANDREW MARR: You have been.
BORIS JOHNSON: --Is very important. All it's, all we're asking our friends and partners to offer, is terms that they've already offered Canada, which is a long way away from here. We're very close to our European friends and partners. We've be members of the EU for 45 years. I see no reason why we shouldn't get those sorts of terms.
ANDREW MARR: Are you?
BORIS JOHNSON: I don't want the Australian WTO type outcome particularly, but we can more than live with it.
ANDREW MARR: All right, no deal, that would be absolutely fine. Is that really still?