Europe

UK's Johnson accused of offering impossible Brexit vision

  • British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, center, speaks with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, right, and Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Juhani Soini, left, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. EU foreign ministers meet Monday to discuss strained ties with Turkey and trans-Atlantic ties after the U.S. election results. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, center, speaks with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, right, and Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Juhani Soini, left, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. EU foreign ministers meet Monday to discuss strained ties with Turkey and trans-Atlantic ties after the U.S. election results. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • El secretario del Exterior británico Boris Johnson mira a la prensa antes de una reunión de cancilleres europeos en Bruselas, 14 de noviembre de 2016. El ministro de Hacienda holandés Jeroen Dijsselbloem dijo el miércoles 16 de noviembre de 2016 que Johnson ofrece una visión no realista e inalcanzable del futuro del Reino Unido fuera de Europa. (AP Foto/Virginia Mayo)

    El secretario del Exterior británico Boris Johnson mira a la prensa antes de una reunión de cancilleres europeos en Bruselas, 14 de noviembre de 2016. El ministro de Hacienda holandés Jeroen Dijsselbloem dijo el miércoles 16 de noviembre de 2016 que Johnson ofrece una visión no realista e inalcanzable del futuro del Reino Unido fuera de Europa. (AP Foto/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has accused British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of giving Britons an unachievable vision of the U.K.'s future outside the European Union.

Dijsselbloem told the BBC that Johnson "is offering to the British people options that are really not available."

Johnson has been touring European Union capitals as Britain prepares to start exit negotiations with the 28-nation bloc.

He was quoted by a Czech newspaper as saying the U.K. would likely have to leave the EU customs union, but could retain access to the bloc's single market in goods and services.

Dijsselbloem said Johnson "is saying things that are intellectually impossible, politically unavailable."

On Tuesday the British government strongly rejected a report by a consultant for Deloitte claiming it had no coherent plan for Brexit.