The UK will either “cave in or walk” from Brexit negotiations, Nigel Farage has said. Speaking to BBC News, the Brexit Party leader warned the UK Government was on the verge of achieving “Brexit in name only”. However, he clashed with correspondent Reeta Chakrabarti, who hinted “compromise” may be necessary in talks between Britain and the EU.
She said: “The way in which you speak is as if you think it is a choice between either caving in or just leaving without a deal.
“I mean this is the point of negotiations, isn’t it? It’s about trying to find a compromise between the two sides.”
Mr Farage shot back: “Well it’s tough to compromise when you’ve signed up to a new EU treaty that commits you, in a whole host of areas, to something that can only be described as Brexit in name only.
“So you sum up my position perfectly: either we cave in or we walk. I think that’s exactly where we are right now.”
The former MEP also had some stark words for Boris Johnson.
He told BBC News: “If he is seen to sell out on fisheries, and to keep us part of the level playing field in any way, then the votes he was lent last December will disappear very quickly.
“I’m not pretending the Prime Minister is in an easy position.
“But if this was to come to the point where he couldn’t get a reasonable agreement, and he said he tried, I think he’d get a big backing of the British public for that position.”
Brexit trade deal talks have entered a critical moment.
The Prime Minister and the European Commission President spoke on the phone on Monday evening.
The pair assessed whether a post-Brexit trade deal could still be salvaged between the UK and EU.
Mr Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen look set to meet in person this week in a bid to break the stalemate in post-Brexit trade deal talks.
In a joint statement following their talks, they said: “As agreed on Saturday, we took stock today of the ongoing negotiations.
“We agreed that the conditions for finalising an agreement are not there, due to the remaining significant differences on three critical issues: level playing field, governance and fisheries.
“We asked our chief negotiators and their teams to prepare an overview of the remaining differences to be discussed in a physical meeting in Brussels in the coming days.”
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Speaking before the statement, cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt told MPs: “We are at a critical moment in the negotiations. Teams are negotiating as we speak and the Prime Minister will call the commission president later this afternoon to discuss progress again.
“Michael Gove is also in Brussels today meeting the European Commission vice president in their capacity as co-chairs of the UK-EU Joint Committee under the Withdrawal Agreement.
“We are all working to get a deal, but the only deal that is possible is one that is compatible with our sovereignty and takes back control of our laws, trade and waters.
“While an agreement is preferable, we are prepared to leave on so-called Australian-style terms if we can’t find compromises.”
Published at Mon, 07 Dec 2020 19:37:00 +0000