Brexit: Nigel Farage warns the EU will 'give us nothing'
Boris Johnson is becoming increasingly frustrated and has warned Brussels to decide between a no-deal Brexit or accepting Britain as a sovereign country. The Prime Minister’s chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost has told EU counterpart Michel Barnier he will only remain at the negotiating table while the Frenchman is willing to compromise. Last week, Mr Barnier was ordered by French President Emmanuel Macron to table a series of “eleventh-hour” proposals that left the negotiations close to collapse.
A UK source close to the talks said: “There won’t be any agreement if the EU doesn’t recognise political reality.
“We’ll only keep talking if there is some movement and we think there’s any point.”
Mr Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held talks over the weekend but they reportedly failed to change the “substance” of the negotiations between the UK and EU.
Both sides remain at loggerheads over post-Brexit fishing rights, with sources in Brussels believing a “landing zone” is emerging for future access to Britain’s coastal waters.
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But Express.co.uk readers have reacted furiously to the current negotiating stance from the EU and have told the UK to walk away from the negotiating table and leave the bloc without a trade deal in place.
One person said: “Negotiations are in a worse place than they were weeks ago when they stopped.
“Apparently they only restarted because the EU was changing their position.
“Their position certainly has changed, to something even more ridiculous and farfetched.
“Should walk away now.”
Another reader wrote: “The EU have constantly used blatant lies and open deceit throughout these “Faux” negotiations.
“Had the EU had a single ounce of “good Faith” a valid framework could easily have been agreed 10 months ago.
“It is now to late for the EU to see sense so we are now continuing these pointless talks purely to score points in the inevitable forthcoming blame game.”
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A third person commented: “A no-deal will be painful for some time to come but in five years’ time we and the current doubters will be celebrating our freedom – as well as most probably sharing it with other current member states that have decided to join us in leaving the EU.”
Another reader simply said: “No more threats. Just walk away!”
On Sunday, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost arrived in Brussels for further talks in an attempt to thrash out a deal with less than a month left until the end of the transition period on December 31.
He said: “We’re going to be working very hard to get a deal.
“We’re going to see what happens in negotiations today and will be looking forward to meeting our European colleagues later this afternoon.”
Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney claimed the Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU is “97 or 98 per cent” complete and “we are more likely to get a deal than not”.
More pessimistic officials have put the odds of a possible agreement at just “50/50” because of the “fundamental issues” still to be resolved.
But even the French Government suggested it is ready to allow Britain to diverge from EU rules.
Europe minister Clement Beaune, a close ally of Emmanuel Macron, said: “The British want access to the single market without constraints for their social, environmental and health standards, which is unacceptable.
“For our part, we are ready to put in place a system in which divergence of standards would be allowed but beyond which corrective measures would be taken.
“The British tell us that this is unfair because other third countries do not have these same constraints, such as Canada.
“But we have to realise that the UK will be our major trading partner outside the EU tomorrow.”
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