Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020

‘EU should be bidding for it’ Redwood in furious Brexit outburst over Brussels’ demands

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Speaking to Brexit Unlocked hosts Martin Daubney and Belinda De Lucy, the staunch Brexiteer urged people to call for an end of the Brexit saga from the Government as he attacked Brussels over its relentless demands in the trade negotiations. Mr Redwood said: “Those of you who are very nervous or think you’re going to be let down, lobby your MPs, write to the Government, send a letter to Mr Gove, tweet, get out there unlocked as you are doing to make it very clear to the Government that whilst there were 17 million of us at the time of the referendum, there are millions and millions of us now who want this over with.

“And we’ve got some people who didn’t vote for Brexit, who just say for goodness sake, give it a chance.

“It was the will of the people.

“I follow optimism for Brexit.

“I want the freedoms and I want out of that single market because it’s wrecked our fishing industry, damaged our farming industry and given us a massive balance of payments deficit.

“Now, why should we offer them anything for our balance of payments deficit, they should be bidding for it not the other way around!”

Brexit trade talks could be wrapped up in as little as 10 days after Michel Barnier pledged to work until “the very last moment” to secure a deal with Downing Street.

The European Union’s chief negotiator has told colleagues he believes they will know whether a future relationship deal is possible by November 23.

Insiders said Mr Barnier was pessimistic about chances of reaching an agreement by the original mid-November deadline after failing to break the deadlock on future fishing rights and common standards.

The EU negotiator will host another round of talks in the Belgian capital next week in the hope of finally securing progress in the wrangling over a post-Brexit trade agreement with Britain.

Both sides walked away from another week of negotiations today with “considerable differences” between their positions.

After a private briefing, one Brussels source said: “There is a lot of focus on why negotiations are being pushed to the very last moment, and it is clear they are being dragged out by both sides until that very last moment.”

The fresh delay means EU leaders will be left without an agreement to discuss when they convene for a video conference call on Thursday.

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EU Parliament sources have also suggested MEPs will be forced to hold a special vote between Christmas and the New Year to ratify any potential trade deal.

The next scheduled European Council summit of leaders is due to be held in Brussels on December 10-11.

Downing Street acknowledged that “significant gaps” still remain between the two sides and “time is in short supply”.

On Thursday, Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin said failure to reach a deal would be “very damaging all around”, with Ireland and the UK particularly affected.

Without a deal being struck, trade between the UK and EU will be subject to tariffs set out by the World Trade Organisation.

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