Boris Johnson NOT expected to reach deal with EU – ‘Clear the decks and go WTO!’

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Readers voted in our poll on whether they think the Prime Minister will secure an agreement with Brussels before the end of the year. Some 74 percent of respondents said no, while 17 percent replied yes.

Eight percent said maybe and one percent did not know.

Commenting on the poll, one reader fumed: “Any deal the EU would find acceptable is not a deal we would find acceptable.

“Better to clear the decks, go WTO, re-establish our global presence as an independent, sovereign state and only then reopen initially-informal discussions from an unencumbered starting point.

“The EU are STILL trapped in their groundless belief that we somehow remain a member or a client state and subject to their whims, rules and fancies.

“Only when they disabuse themselves of those notions could we even begin to talk sensibly with them.”

Another blasted: “Best way to a deal with the EU will be to walk away now. They will come running.

“We don’t have another 20 years to wait for them.”

A third hit out: “Hopefully not. The EU will be history in a few years.

“Concentration should be with the rest of the world.

“The EU want to control us so much that Brexit is not a success.

“Over the last four years, time and time again they have proved why we were right to vote to LEAVE.”

Another wrote: “Hope not! I fear a deal tied to the EU far more than I fear No Deal!”

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A fifth added: “So long as whichever option it is delivers a full departure, and full removal of all the remaining tentacles of the insidious EU political apparatus, frankly don’t mind which way it goes.”

The UK left the EU on January 31 and is in a transition period with Brussels until the end of the year while the two sides attempt to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal.

But talks are deadlocked with fishing and state aid rules proving major sticking points.

The eighth round of negotiations led by Lord Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier takes place this week in London.

In comments due to be made on Monday, Boris Johnson will make clear that if there is to be a deal it must be reached by the October European Council.

The Prime Minister will say: “We are now entering the final phase of our negotiations with the EU.

“The EU have been very clear about the timetable. I am too.

“There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on October 15 if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year.

“So there is no sense in thinking about timelines that go beyond that point.

“If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should both accept that and move on.”

Mr Johnson will also insist no deal would still be a “good outcome” for Britain.

Express.co.uk polled 3,102 people on September 6.

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