After meeting French President, Emmanuel Macron this week, Mr Johnson insisted it did not make sense to extend talks into the autumn. The Prime Minister has stated his belief a deal could be reached by next month if both sides increase the pace of negotiations. While both sides have agreed to speed up talks in pursuit of a deal, EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen has one again stated Brussels will not back down on its demand over fair competitions.
In light of the EU’s demand for the UK to be tied to certain regulations, Express.co.uk asked readers, “Should Boris Johnson walk away from trade talks with the EU now?”
In response, 6,697 out of 7,073 (94 percent) insisted Mr Johnson should back away from talks.
In contrast, just 351 said he shouldn’t while 25 weren’t sure.
Commenting on the poll, one person said: “No more waiting.
“Cut-off date was the end of June whereby EU was to give some sign of whether a deal can be done or not.
“That hasn’t happened, so why are we waiting?
“We know there is not going to be anything of any value coming from EU. Call it a day and let’s get cracking on the way forward with WTO rules.”
Another said: “They won’t deal until last minute, so save time and walk away, then see what they offer at the last minute.”
A level playing field is whereby businesses agree to certain rules and regulations so that one state does not undercut the other.
This issue is one of the biggest areas of divergence between the two sides.
Commenting on the issue, Ms von der Leyen said: “It cannot be a downward competition.
“Just think of labour standards or environmental protection.
“It should be a shared interest for the European Union and the UK to never slide backwards and always advance together towards higher standards.”
The EU also wants to include a punishment mechanism within the agreement.
If this were included, any violation of the agreement would allow either side to retaliate by suspending a part of the relationship.
The EU Commission president added: “It is central for our businesses and our private citizens both in the UK and in the European Union.
“It is crucial to ensure that what has been agreed is actually done.”
No 10 has rejected this and instead wants a series of separate sectoral agreements.
Published at Fri, 19 Jun 2020 20:20:00 +0000