Boris Johnson is expected to spark a moment of crisis in the current talks today, after claims the EU is refusing to make any concessions on the UK’s red lines – fisheries and the level playing field. Last month the Prime Minister said he would walk away from EU negotiations if a deal had not been agreed at the European Council summit – which concludes today.
As a deal has still not be reached, Mr Johnson could decide to pull the plug on the talks today.
He is expected to announce his decision later today.
David Frost, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, last night indicated the Prime Minister could well walk away from the talks.
The Brexit envoy said he was “disappointed” with the outcome of the first day of the summit, despite the EU committing to continuing with talks next week.
He wrote on Twitter: “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.
Published at Fri, 16 Oct 2020 06:23:00 +0000