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Boris urged to force no deal Brexit – ‘This farce has gone on long enough’

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The UK formally left the European Union back in January and the Prime Minister has vowed to leave at the end of the transition period, with or without a deal.

But the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Mr Barnier, believes Mr Johnson will not leave without an agreement in place.

According to former Brexit Party MEP, Rupert Lowe, the Frenchman indicated he didn’t think the UK’s no deal threats had any weight.

But the Brexiteer said he hopes Britain can “hold its nerve” against the bloc, as the talks between the two sides intensify.

Mr Lowe wrote on Twitter: “When I spoke to Barnier about Brexit, it was always clear he never actually expected the UK Government to follow through.

Boris urged to force no-deal Brexit outcome

Boris urged to force no-deal Brexit outcome (Image: Getty)

Poll results

Poll results (Image: Express)

“Has the penny dropped? I really hope Frost can hold his nerve.

“We’ve played Barnier’s game for far too long.”

As a result, the Express.co.uk asked readers whether they think Mr Johnson should call Mr Barnier’s bluff and force a no deal.

In the poll, which ran from 11am to 10pm on August 4, more than 17,000 people cast their votes.

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EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (Image: Reuters)

An overwhelming 96 percent (16,443) urged the Prime Minister to call the EU’s bluff and leave the bloc without a deal as talks are stalemate.

One person argued it is the EU who do not want a deal and said: “The EU don’t want a deal but they want to keep us as unprepared as possible as to do the most damage to our economy and put other members off from leaving.”

Another added: “When the EU respect UK sovereignty, and stops trying to take control of our laws, our trade, and our fishing ground, then, and only the, will it be worth negotiating with them.”

A third commented: “We have to get out now with a no deal.

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Economic loss per EU member state if hard Brexit

Economic loss per EU member state if hard Brexit (Image: Express)

“It would be in the country’s best interest. It is not good to keep putting it off because it is costing our businesses and our country a fortune.

“If the EU are told now that we are definitely leaving with a no deal, then everyone would know what we are doing and act on that knowledge.”

Another person said if Mr Johnson does not walk away now he has jeopardised his chance of re-election in 2024.

A fifth person wrote: “This farce has gone on long enough, the corrupt bullies have no respect for the UK, especially the 17.4million people who could see them for what they really are.

Boris Johnson to leave EU with or without deal

Boris Johnson to leave EU with or without deal (Image: PA)

“Dictators and money grabbing mob. Barnier and his ilk will try and drag this out as long as they can, reason, more money for them to squander.

“Just walk away Boris. We will survive and we will be Great Britain again. Long overdue.”

Only four percent (732) said no and 66 people said they didn’t know.

Trade talks with the EU are currently at a deadlock, as the two sides fail to agree on three fundamental areas: fishing rights, the level playing field demand and whether the UK should remain tied to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

 

Fishing has been a major issue during negotiations

Fishing has been a major issue during negotiations (Image: Getty)

Mr Barnier warned European businesses to prepare for “inevitable changes” to take place at the end of the Brexit transition period.

The EU’s chief negotiator said: “The Brexit transition ends on December 31.

“In five months, the UK leaves the EU’s single market and customs union.

“Changes are inevitable, with or without an agreement on the new partnership.

“Companies and citizens must get ready.”

The European Commission has issued a 39-page dossier of preparations businesses and citizens needs to make before the end of the year.



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