Walk away Boris! PM ordered to end talks with Brussels NOW and trigger no deal Brexit
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Post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and the EU remain at an impasse with outstanding issues over fisheries, governance and the so-called level playing field on competition. Brussels has set a deadline of November 19 to strike a deal in order to give both parliaments enough time to formally ratify any agreement.
Downing Street has confirmed there are still “significant gaps” between both parties as Brexit negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier continue discussions in London.
A subsequent poll of more than 15,000 Express.co.uk readers has found the overwhelming majority believe time is up to reach a trade deal.
The survey conducted on Thursday, November 12 between 11.30am and 10.30pm asked 15,654 Express.co.uk readers, should the UK trigger a no deal Brexit?
A huge 95 percent (15,005) said the Prime Minister should end talks and voted “yes”.
Just four percent (580) believed negotiations should continue and voted “no”.
Meanwhile, one percent (69) remained unsure and voted “don’t know”.
A number of Express.co.uk readers let their feelings known in the comments section of the poll.
One reader said: “Yes of course we should trigger a no deal and we should have done it months ago in order to give ourselves time to organise ourselves properly ready for the off!
“It has always been obvious what the EU’s game was and we have allowed them to play it!”
A second reader wrote: “Yes Yes and YES! Time to move on, no deal no matter what! We are a sovereign nation once more, we make our own rules, not the ECJ, we have the right to fish our own waters.
“Boris end this humiliating farce now… walk away!”
A third commented: “We should have walked away months ago. The EU don’t want a deal, they want us to capitulate and that isn’t going to happen.”
A fourth added: “We should have triggered no deal four and a half years ago.”
With less than seven weeks to go until the official end of the Brexit transition period, EU sources said they expect negotiators to come up with an agreed text in the middle of next week, unless talks collapse or there is a breakthrough earlier.
An EU diplomat said: “The real cut-off point is late next week.”
If a deal can be done before the transition period ends on December 31, the two sides would sign more than 1,000 pages of international treaties covering everything from smoked salmon and cheese to car parts and medicine.
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On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Talks are continuing in London and the negotiators are working hard to bridge the still significant gaps that remain.
“Time is in short supply and there are still significant gaps that remain.”
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove was more upbeat about a deal and argued Brussels is beginning to understand the UK’s position on what becoming an independent nation means.
He told the BBC: “I think the penny is dropping but negotiations are going on at the moment in order to make sure that those final areas of disagreement are finally resolved.”
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