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Negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal have entered a crucial stage, as negotiations with the EU reach their final stage as the clock ticks down to the end of the transition period on December 31. But the Prime Minister is becoming increasingly frustrated at the EU over its refusal to give ground on any of its demands – a move that could see him trigger a no deal Brexit. Downing Street has signalled Mr Johnson is running out of patience with Brussels negotiators and could take Britain out of the EU without a deal in place – similar to Australia’s relationship with the EU.
A Government source said: “We do need to urgently make progress on these issues or it will end up an Australia-style deal.
“There is momentum and there is a strong desire on both sides to do a deal but is going to be hard work for Lord Frost this week.”
Now Express.co.uk readers are urging the Prime Minister to walk away from the negotiating table with the EU over the coming days.
The latest poll, which ran from 8am until 10.30pm on Monday November 16 and saw 13,078 votes cast on the Express.co.uk survey, asked: “Should Boris Johnson walk out of EU talks this week and trigger no deal?”
A huge 95 percent (12,418 readers) voted in favour of the Prime Minister walking away from Brexit talks with the EU that would begin the process of a no deal Brexit.
The remaining five percent (582 readers) disagreed, while less than one percent (78 readers) were undecided.
One Express.co.uk reader commented: “The trading bloc has not, and has never had, any intention of the UK taking its final farewells with mutually agreed terms of trading.
“All the bloc has wanted is to punish the UK for choosing to leave their failing trading bloc.
“The bloc’s inability to negotiate means that any pretence from them at negotiations are futile. Time to stand up and walk.”
A second reader wrote: “The UK is in a good position in these negotiations since, in matters of trade, the countries of the EU will come off worse if no agreement is reached – they sell more goods annually to us worth £98 million more than we sell to them.
“Other countries trade with the EU without the added extortionate demands made by the EU on the UK.
“No other country has to sacrifice their territorial waters or accept interference in their internal affairs, so why should Britain? Britain expects fairness in all its trade agreements and will not accept any loss of sovereignty, implicit or otherwise.
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“Free from the EU Britain will certainly thrive which will encourage other countries to leave the dysfunctional EU.”
A third reader commented: “I cannot understand how the EU can expect a sovereign country to forego a major asset (fish), and to allow a foreign court to adjudicate disputes.
“As for the ‘level playing field’, this is merely a ploy to ensure the sclerotic EU does not a dynamic, successful competitor nearby.
“Remoaners, can you say whether the USA, China, Japan or any other nation, would allow the EU to determine how their economic industrial systems may work? Could you give me examples where any nation permits a foreign legal system and court to ‘rule’?”
The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost travelled to Brussels at the weekend for further talks with EU counterpart Michel Barnier.
On Monday morning, Mr Barnier tweeted: “With Europarl-EN & all Member States, we remain determined, patient, respectful.
“We want our future cooperation to be open but fair in all areas.”
But a senior EU official warned it “may be too late already” to put in place any trade deal with Britain before the end of the transition period on December 31 – even if negotiators seal an agreement this week or next.
The diplomat said: “They haven’t quite reached where they had hoped to be.”
Another senior EU diplomat, also speaking under condition of anonymity, added: “Britain has choices to make.”
A third EU diplomatic source said: “One cannot say things haven’t moved, since the negotiators are writing a legal text together. There is some movement, but also a way to go still.
“The (issues of) level playing field, governance and fisheries are pending. As are serious decisions to be taken by the UK.”
On Sunday, Lord Frost tweeted that while every effort is being made to strike a deal with Brussels, a no-deal outcome remains a strong possibility unless the bloc backs down from its firm stance in a number of areas.
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