UK SHOULD buy British to show EU we won’t be pushed around as crunch Brexit talks stall

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Readers voted in our exclusive poll on whether it is time for UK consumers to buy British as negotiations with the Brussels bloc are yet to make progress. This website asked: ‘Is it time for UK consumers to buy British and show EU we won’t be pushed around?’

A huge 98 percent of readers said yes, while just two percent said no.

Commenting on the poll, one reader said: “I will always buy British…when I can find it.”

Another wrote: “Been doing it for years already. Buying British wherever possible.”

A third suggested: “We need another ‘Buy British’ and ‘Backing Britain’ campaign. Additionally, goods and products need clearer labelling when they are British made.”

Another commented: “Given the choice i’d support British business every time even if it cost slightly more.”

A fifth added: “Slap a big Union Jack on everything made in the UK and even if it costs a little extra, people will buy British.”

One more said: “Please stick a big Union Flag on British goods so it’s obvious to find British products.”

Our poll comes as the latest round of talks between the UK and the EU on a post-Brexit trade deal broke up early with “significant differences” remaining between the two sides.

The negotiations last week – which took place in Brussels with the teams meeting face-to-face for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak – had been due to continue to Friday but they ended on Thursday.

In a statement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser David Frost said meeting in person had given “extra depth and flexibility” to the discussions but he warned there was more to do.

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He said: “We have completed our discussion of the full range of issues in the negotiation in just over three days.

“The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.”

His EU counterpart Michel Barnier said: “Our goal was to get negotiations successfully and quickly on a trajectory to reach an agreement.

“However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain.”

He said the EU had “listened carefully” to UK demands but insisted there could be no deal without agreements on fisheries and the level-playing field, which forces the UK to follow EU standards in return for continued access to the single market.

Mr Barnier said: “We will continue to insist on parallel progress on all areas.

“The EU expects, in turn, its positions to be better understood and respected in order to reach an agreement. We need an equivalent engagement by the United Kingdom.”

The talks will resume next week in London.

It had been hoped the face-to-face talks, agreed by Mr Johnson and EU leaders in a virtual summit last month, would lead to a breakthrough.

The UK is in a transition period with Brussels until the end of the year.

If the two sides are unable to reach a deal by then it will mean Britain leaving the single market and the customs union without any agreement on future access. polled 10,015 people on July 4-5.

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