Boris urged to call EU’s bluff and quit Brexit talks -‘Should have walked away weeks ago!’

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This website asked readers if the Prime Minister should call the EU’s bluff and abandon post-Brexit negotiations after German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned progress had been “very limited” and called on the bloc to step up preparations for a no-deal scenario. A huge 97 percent of respondents said Mr Johnson should walk away from the talks while just three percent replied no.

Commenting on the poll, one reader said: “We should have walked away a long time ago!”

Another pleaded with the Prime Minister: “Please Boris walk away now and end it all with the EU.”

A third insisted: “We should have walked away weeks ago.

“Then we should have said, ‘These are the terms we will agree, they are not negotiable, come and talk if you accept them. Don’t waste our time trying to water these terms down.’ Had we done that we would be far further forward by now.”

Another fumed: “The reason it is not progressing is the EU want jurisdiction over our fishing grounds. They want jurisdiction over our laws and courts and they want to impose their rules on us. NONE of this is possible and so long as they try there will be no progress, DUH!!!”

A fifth said: “The EU never intends to reach a deal they want UK to surrender. Time for UK to say Ciao.”

Another wrote: “Should never have got to this stage in the first place. Over 4 years and here we still are!”

One more added: “Walk away Boris, the game is over for the EU, they knew all along that if we left the EU would collapse.”

Our poll comes after Mrs Merkel told the German parliament on Wednesday that progress in trade talks had been “very limited” and the EU must be ready for the possibility that “a deal doesn’t materialise”.

Germany has assumed the rotating EU Council presidency for the next six months giving Ms Merkel a key role in the final stage of the Brexit process.

In response to the German Chancellor’s comments, the UK said it wants to “work constructively” with the EU but insisted it is prepared to trade with Brussels without a formal agreement.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We believe that there is a free trade agreement to be reached but we have also been very clear that we will be prepared for either eventuality at the end of the year, whether that be a free trade agreement or having a trading relationship based on the same terms that Australia currently has.”

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The latest round of talks between Britain and the EU broke up early today with “significant differences” remaining between the two sides.

The negotiations, which have been taking place in Brussels this week with the teams meeting face-to-face for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, had been due to continue to Friday.

Mr Johnson’s Europe adviser David Frost said that while meeting in person had given “extra depth and flexibility” to the discussions there was more to do.

Mr Frost added: “We have completed our discussion of the full range of issues in the negotiation in just over three days.

“The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.”

His EU counterpart Michel Barnier said: “Our goal was to get negotiations successfully and quickly on a trajectory to reach an agreement.

“However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain.” polled 8,699 people on July 2.

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