As the Eighth round of negotiations kicks off next week, it’s being predicted that “sub-zero progress” will be made in these future relationship talks. After this weeks rejection of Barnier’s attempt to arm-twist David Frost hoping he’d cave in on fisheries and level playing field, Barnier was sent packing back to Brussels with his tail between his legs. Diplomats from both sides are now preparing for another collapse in talks.
Reports are confirming, heads of EU nations states May eventually have to meet to break the deadlock meaning Boris may be called to the table to defend Britain against the 27 other member states. It’s also said that word has gone out to all heads of nations states in the EU to do their best to charm Boris into softening his stance on fisheries and state subsidies (level playing field).
Barnier has said that discussions will not advance unless a compromise is given from the UK on fisheries and state aid subsidies. Barnier is also refusing to progress talks until Britain declares its state aid plans post-Brexit.
Michel Barnier is still insisting that Britain wants to be outside the EU with all the benefits of being an EU member. Yet, this rhetoric from Barnier doesn’t ring right as it goes against the stance of Britain who wants to be a fully independent sovereign nation. With these conflicting statements, It’s clear to see that Barnier is projecting his desire for Britain to conform to his demands hence projecting what he’d like the outcome to be which is Britain remaining in the realm of the EU to gain all the benefits of the EU. This isn’t going to happen.
The EU Council President said: “Sooner or later, the UK should clarify what they want. It’s not possible to leave the European club and at the same time keep all the benefits.
“The UK should clarify its position. For us, the level-playing field is key and essential.
“It’s impossible that they diverge and there are no consequences, for example, on tariffs.”
Even though the EU is continuously pumping out narrative-driven propaganda to get under the skin of the UK, Boris Johnson reaffirms that Britain will “prosper mightily” Post Brexit even without a deal.
Boris said: “If we need to have an Australia-style deal, an Australia-style solution, then that is what we will achieve and we will prosper mightily one way or the other.
“They could be sensible and give us a Canada-style solution, which after all they’ve given Canada, and I very much hope they will, but we’re ready for either eventuality,” Mr Johnson said.
In a statement, Lord Frost said: “We have scheduled lots of time for discussions, as we should at this point in the talks.
“However, the EU still insists we change our positions on state aid and fisheries if there are to be substantive textual discussions on anything else.
“From the very beginning, we have been clear about what we can accept in these areas, which are fundamental to our status as an independent country. We will negotiate constructively, but the EU’s stance may, realistically, limit the progress we can make next week.”
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