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The UK formally left the European Union back in January and talks are currently stalemate as either side is unable to come to any agreement. Negotiations have extended until the end of October.
David Frost, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, believes unless his counterpart Michel Barnier shifts on state aid rules, Britain would be better to leave without a deal.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is adamant Britain will leave the transition period in December, with or without a deal in place.
Now as the crucial crunch talks are set to continue on September 7, Express.co.uk is asking, ‘Should David Frost formally walk away from Brexit talks on September 7?’
Negotiations were extended due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and some argue Brussels think the UK will cave due to the pandemic.
A senior Tory MP told The Times last week: “The European view is that the UK government is so shambolic and incompetent and all over the place about COVID-19 that they all need a deal just to demonstrate some competence and that they cannot afford for it to be a shambles.”
Mr Barnier previously insisted European leaders would not have to revisit his negotiating mandate as long as Mr Frost made “concrete signals” that the UK is willing to meet the bloc in the middle ground.
“I’m ready to compromise,” he told a European trade union leaders conference in Brussel back in June.
However, a member of the government’s negotiating team hit back against Brussels claiming they still think they are dealing with Theresa May’s government.
They said: “I personally don’t know how they could think we are bluffing.
“I still think they think they are dealing with the previous government, for home Brexit with no change was their MO.
“Now this is very much a government where Brexit does mean change.”
Since negotiations started there have been three main blockages including rules for economic and trade relations, the legal governance of the agreement and fishing.
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Under the controversial Commons Fisheries Policy (CFP), all member states are given access to EU waters via quotas.
As the UK has a large coastal area, critics have often argued the system is unfair.
There was a breakthrough in discussions over fishing rights back in June after Mr Barnier, suggested the UK would be treated as an independent coastal state.
As the Brexit deadline looms nearer, concerns about the flow of goods across the border remains a main issue for manufacturers.
Steep levies could be imposed on goods if a free-trade agreement is not agreed and businesses are already preparing for a no-deal outcome.
Issues around a no-deal Brexit agreement were raised by Simon Fraser, the former Permanent Secretary of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Fraser previously said: “If there is a deal the scope will be narrow; aiming for tariff-free and quota-free trade in goods.
“Little on services, never mind non-trade issues. A hard version of Brexit.
“UK insists a deal must not limit ‘sovereignty’ or leave jurisdiction with the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
“It has proposed a series of deals built around a free trade agreement that would involve widespread removal of traditional trade barriers, but far short of the promised ‘frictionless trade’.”
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