Brexit: Britons react to latest extension to trade deal talks
Brexit talks between the UK and the European Union have been logjammed for months as both sides refuse to budge on their red lines. Fisheries, competition and state aid have remained a thorn in the side of the bloc and Britain as they seek to agree on a new trade deal before December 31. But Britons have admitted chances of a deal appear now far away, with some insisting Brussels should not be allowed to “bully” the UK.
Speaking to DW, a woman said: “To extend it, it’s wasting time, really.
“I don’t think they’re going to come to any kind of agreement.”
A man insisted the British Government should not accept attempts from Brussels to “force” the UK into a disadvantageous agreement.
He said: “They can’t be bullying us around and force us into something that is…makes us a client state of the EU.”
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And another man questioned how the UK and the EU managed to get stuck in negotiations despite Britain having voted to quit the bloc nearly five years ago.
He said: “I can’t believe they’ve had four years to talk this out and we’re still in this position.
“It’s a shambles, really.”
Boris Johnson on Sunday agreed to keep the talks going despite the negotiating teams proving time and time again the divergence on the core issues remains large.
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But the Prime Minister said he and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had agreed they both have a “responsibility” to seek a deal until the transition period ends at the end of the month.
He however reiterated his appeal to businesses and members of the public to prepare for the eventuality of the talks concluding in a no deal scenario.
EU27 leaders have also warned they may vote down a deal if they find the terms unsatisfactory for their country.
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Following the threat from Emmanuel Macron issued last week about France vetoing the final Brexit trade deal, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has also warned he will not agree to an arrangement at any cost.
Mr Conte said: “The negotiations with the UK concern us much.
“But EU member states are united, strong, and supportive.
“We cannot accept a deal not based on certain rules or without Level Playing Field conditions”.
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