Today Boris has told the EU, the only available choices on the table are between No Deal or a deal which respects the sovereignty of Britain.
Lord Frost, who is Boris Johnson’s top negotiator, said if Barnier wants to compromise, then he’ll stay around the negotiating table.
French President Macron is said to be pulling the strings of EU negotiator. Macron has been pushing Barnier to take the negotiations to its very limit, in the hope it forces Boris to compromise on his red lines.
A close source from the UK negotiation team said: “There won’t be any agreement if the EU doesn’t recognise the political reality.
“We’ll only keep talking if there is some movement and we think there’s any point.”
With wriggle room is almost gone, the talks remain in deadlock. Britain is far less optimistic about a deal after the meeting between Boris Johnson, and Ursula Von Der Leyen ended without either side giving way.
Lord Frost has said: “We’re going to be working very hard to get a deal.
“We’re going to see what happens in negotiations today and will be looking forward to meeting our European colleagues later this afternoon.”
Boris and Ursula will be meeting this evening to see where progress if any has been made.
Europe minister Clement Beaune: said: “The British want access to the single market without constraints for their social, environmental and health standards, which is unacceptable.
“For our part, we are ready to put in place a system in which divergence of standards would be allowed but beyond which corrective measures would be taken.
“The British tell us that this is unfair because other third countries do not have these same constraints, such as Canada. But we have to realise that the UK will be our major trading partner outside the EU tomorrow.”
It’s was only last week when the same minister said: “If there is an agreement, we will evaluate the text, analyse it. But, if the agreement is not good and does not conform to our interests, especially for the fishermen, we, France, like every member state, could veto it.”
This threat of vetoing the deal hasn’t gone down well with the Germans.
Chancellor Merkel has a fine line to walk between defending German interests and defending French red lines in negotiations. Merkel knows if talks fail, a no-deal exit will hit Germany far worse compared to France.