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Readers voted in our poll on whether Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser should abandon negotiations when they kick off again next month. A huge 96 percent said yes, while just four percent said no.
Commenting on the poll, one reader wrote: “Barnier is insistent the the EU will not change it’s stance on positions unacceptable to the UK.
“What is the point of further talks. Walk now, and look to things that are acceptable to us with the rest of the world that wants to trade.”
Another fumed: “Let’s face it, after nearly 4 full years of talking and getting nowhere they are not going to find agreement in the next few weeks.
“As much as the EU need a deal, they simply can’t afford to give us a good one as it will send an escape signal to all the other EU members.
“Just walk away and stop wasting everybody’s time.”
A third commented: “After 4.5 Years of talk, talk, talk and now more talks is just a waste of our time and money.
“The EU will never give us a Deal they will just want to keep the talks going so as to get more money out of us or eventually getting what they want which is Britain staying in the EU for our money.
“If Johnson does not do as the people voted for and just walk away then the Tory Party are Finished for Decades.”
Another suggested: “These talks have been pointless for some time now – concentrate on preparing for WTO, and settling trade agreements in anticipations with sensible trading partners.”
A fifth insisted: “No deal has always been the best outcome for the UK as it’s the only way to leave without been tied into any of the EU institutions.”
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One more urged: “Why bother waiting? Do it now. End the transition, now. Start changing laws, now.
“We’ve wasted enough time already. It’s time we got on with sorting our own country out.”
Little progress was made in the seventh round of post-Brexit negotiations earlier this month.
The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned that reaching a deal looked “unlikely”.
His UK counterpart Mr Frost insisted an agreement could still be struck.
But the Prime Minister’s Europe adviser blasted the EU for frustrating negotiations by trying to force Britain to sign up to Brussels’ state aid and fishing rules before allowing further work on other areas.
He said: “The EU is still insisting not only that we must accept continuity with EU state aid and fisheries policy, but also that this must be agreed before any further substantive work can be done in any other area of the negotiation, including on legal texts.
“This makes it unnecessarily difficult to make progress.
“There are other significant areas which remain to be resolved and, even where there is a broad understanding between negotiators, there is a lot of detail to work through.
“Time is short for both sides.”
The UK is in a transition period with the EU until the end of the year while the two sides attempt to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal.
Express.co.uk polled 15,342 people on August 31.
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