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‘No surrender!’ Boris told not to compromise on trade as Brexit talks on brink – poll

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Brexit talks between the UK’s chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier ended on Thursday a day earlier than planned after both sides saw no pathway to a deal. After the first face-to-face meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Frost stated “significant differences” remain, while Mr Barnier refused to shift on the EU’s red-lines on a level playing field and access to UK fishing waters.

The conclusion of the fourth round of discussions has put both sides on course for a no deal outcome at the end of the transition period on December 31.

A poll of more than 13,000 Express.co.uk readers has found nine out of ten believe UK negotiators should stand their ground with Brussels.

The survey conducted on Friday July 3 between 8.53am and 7.00pm asked 13,687 readers “Is it time for Boris Johnson to compromise in trade talks with the EU?”

A huge 93 percent (12,695) of people thought the Prime Minister should not seek a compromise with the EU and voted no.

The conclusion of the fourth round of discussions has put both sides on course for a no deal outcome at the end of the transition period on December 31.

A poll of more than 13,000 Express.co.uk readers has found nine out of ten believe UK negotiators should stand their ground with Brussels.

The survey conducted on Friday July 3 between 8.53am and 7.00pm asked 13,687 readers “Is it time for Boris Johnson to compromise in trade talks with the EU?”

A huge 93 percent (12,695) of people thought the Prime Minister should not seek a compromise with the EU and voted no.

A second reader wrote: “Never compromise, they must be made to understand they cannot control us any longer for that is what they are trying to do.”

A third commented: “No compromise on anything if they don’t want a trade deal just leave on WTO terms and keep our integrity and sovereignty intact, no EU input laws or rules into anything in the UK.”

A fourth simply said: “NO Compromise. NO Surrender.”

Following the meeting in Brussels, David Frost said the meeting in person had given “extra depth and flexibility” to the discussions but he warned there was more to do.

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He said: “We have completed our discussion of the full range of issues in the negotiation in just over three days.

“The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.”

Michel Barnier warned there were still “serious divergences” between the two sides

He said: “Our goal was to get negotiations successfully and quickly on a trajectory to reach an agreement.

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“However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain.”

Mr Barnier added Brussels had “listened carefully” to the UK’s demands but insisted there could be no deal without agreements on fisheries and the level playing field which forces Britain to follow the EU’s standards.

He added: “We will continue to insist on parallel progress on all areas.

“The EU expects, in turn, its positions to be better understood and respected in order to reach an agreement. We need an equivalent engagement by the United Kingdom.”

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