The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been advised by top Brexiteers to be ready to walk away from the negotiating rather than being bullied into signing a deal which will sell the UK in any way in future.
Boris Johnson’s spokesperson has confirmed today that the Prime Minister would have a direct conversation with the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tomorrow in a move to confirm previous suggestions that chief negotiator Michel Barnier was being sidelined.
The move has triggered concern with several top Brexit supporters saying they fear what the outcome of such a move would be, like former Brexit Party MEP and Conservative Party minister Ann Widdecombe saying, “At the moment because we are in the last couple of weeks rumours are going to be rife.
“The fact is that coming up to the deadline for these negotiations, we have not made progress. The only progress that has been made is with the Internal Market Bill when the EU has recognised that it is not going to get its own way.”
“I think all the signs are that Boris could move too far. I think it’s a sellout, but I don’t know how big a sellout.”
Another comment came from Robert Oulds, director of the Bruges Group think thank, who stated what he thinks Boris Johnson should do.
“Further talks are useless – either the EU will accept the principle of free trade or not. Boris should prepare for no-deal and walk away. He must not be bullied by Brussels. Knowing that we are serious EU leaders will quickly pick up the phone and concede, granting the UK the same deal as Canada and South Korea and many other countries,” said Robert Oulds.
Daniel Kawczynski, Tory MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, was also worried about what the result of any compromise might likely be, especially with respect to taking back control of British waters after the end of the year.
“I am worried that the government might agree to a three-year phasing out of EU vessels fishing in British waters – that must not happen. EU fishermen have already had four years since our vote to contemplate the need to buy licences to fish in our waters. We should not compromise on this one inch,” Daniel Kawczynski said.
David Jones, Tory MP for Clwyd West, the deputy chairman of the European Research Group said he had heard “whispers” of such a deal.
“They’re going to have to have some sort of transitional arrangement over a few years. That would be reasonable for both sides. We can’t sacrifice anything in terms of sovereignty over British waters. If they want to have the access they must pay, and the better the access, the more they must pay,” said David.
Meanwhile, Brussels sources told Express UK that British negotiators have indicated a willingness to compromise so as to secure a deal.
One diplomat said: “This is a good sign. I hope there will be forthcoming signals on the two main outstanding issues – fish and state aid.”