Boris Johnson is expected to reconsider expecting a favourable deal with the European Union and, walk away from the post-Brexit negotiations today after nothing tangible has been discussed at the EU summit in Brussels as yet.
The EU made no concession on the UK’s red lines, which include fisheries and the level playing field, thereby daring Mr Johnson to act following his statement to walk away from EU trade talks if a deal is not agreed at the European Council summit which wraps up today.
With no green light coming from the Summit, the UK Prime Minister could be warming up to leave without a deal later today, with the UK chief negotiator David Frost saying Mr Johnson could walk away from the talks.
Lords Frost noted his disappointment with the outcome of the first day of the EU summit, despite the bloc commitment to continuing with the trade talks with the UK next week.
Taking his disappointment to Twitter he wrote, “Disappointed by the #EUCO conclusions on UK/EU negotiations. Surprised EU is no longer committed to working “intensively” to reach a future partnership as agreed with von der Leyen on 3 October.
“Also surprised by the suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from UK. It’s an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation. PM Boris Johnson will set out UK reactions and approach tomorrow in the light of his statement of 7 September.”
The EU is working on a deal, but not at any price. Conditions must be right, on fisheries, level-playing field and governance.
Still a lot of work ahead of us.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) October 14, 2020
Franziska Brantner, who’s a member of Germany’s Bundestag, has urged Brussels not to agree on a deal with the UK “at any cost”.
She tweeted, “A bad deal would damage our economy and would be grist to the mill of right-wing populists. The federal government must not push through an agreement at any cost.
“They have to demand at the #EUCO that there will be limited market access when in doubt. #Brexit”
A former Tory MEP, David Bannerman said there is a real chance Boris Johnson will opt for no-deal today as he tweeted, “I honestly think @BorisJohnson could go for no deal now. People underestimate him at their peril.
“And with all the bad faith and game playing by the EU they sorely now deserve it. No deal no WA. We have been reasonable; EU typically unreasonable and arrogant.”