Boris ordered NOT to compromise with EU and accept no deal – ‘End this nonsense now’

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Brexit talks between the UK’s chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier remain on the brink after the latest round of discussions in London broke down yet again without a breakthrough. Outstanding issues over trade, fisheries and governance remain huge obstacles, with less than five months to go until the formal end of the Brexit transition period.

Following the discussions, Michel Barnier attempted to pile the pressure on the UK by admitting a trade deal now looked “unlikely”.

Mr Frost refused to concede any ground and said “considerable gaps remain” but was confident an “agreement can still be reached in September”.

A poll of more than 7,000 Express.co.uk readers has found the overwhelming majority believe the UK should continue to play hardball and should not compromise with the EU in order to reach a trade deal.

The survey conducted on Friday, July 24 between 1.59pm and 9pm asked 7,776 Express.co.uk readers “Should Boris compromise on red lines to secure deal or should he accept hard exit?”

A huge 97 percent (7,489) of people said Boris Johnson should stick to his red lines and accept a hard exit.

Just two percent (249) thought the Prime Minister should compromise in order to cut a deal with the bloc.

Meanwhile, one percent (34) remained unsure and voted ‘don’t know’.

A number of Express.co.uk readers heaped praise on Boris Johnson for his current stance and some insisted the UK should end the fiasco now without a deal.

One user said: “Barnier and the EU have never had any intention of agreeing any deal. Total capitulation is all they want.

“Our biggest mistake was going along with the whole charade. Just walk away now and shut off the money flow.”

A second reader wrote: “Stick to the red lines. Let’s leave WTO and be free.”

A third commented: “End this nonsense now. Walk away. Just do it. We have nothing to fear. NOTHING.”

Meanwhile a fourth simply said: “No compromise and no deal exit, Boris do it now!”

Mr Johnson had hoped to conclude talks by the end of the month, however, discussions are now set to drag on over the summer.

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Mr Frost has insisted a deal could be reached in less than two months’ time but has called for the EU to change its approach to talks and recognise it is in discussions with an “independent state”.

Meanwhile, Mr Barnier was less optimistic and insisted the “time for answers is quickly running out”.

The French Europhile lashed out at the UK for refusing to accept a so-called level-playing field on trade and for not surrendering UK fishing waters.

He said: “By its current refusal to commit to the condition of open and fair competition, and to a balanced agreement on fisheries, the UK makes a trade agreement at this point unlikely.”

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