Brussels has consistently attacked the UK for not acting in good faith during negotiations, especially due to the introduction of the UK Internal Market Bill. In light of this threat, EU Council President Charles Michel warned the UK must put “all its cards” on the table if a Brexit deal is to be agreed. Despite the threats from the EU, former Ukip MEP for the East Midlands, Roger Helmer dismantled the warnings from the Brussels chief.
He said: “When Charles Michel tells Boris Johnson ‘You must negotiate in good faith’, he means ‘You must capitulate.
“’You must give away the independence that the British people voted for four years ago’.”
Mr Helmer’s brutal assessment of the EU’s demands comes on the day the Prime Minister had indicated would be the deadline for a Brexit trade deal.
Previously, Boris Johnson had warned Brussels, a deal must be agreed by October 15 in order to give it time to be implemented.
EU officials have so far rejected this deadline and have indicated talks will now proceed towards November.
In a draft EU summit conclusion paper, EU leaders have now agreed to give Michel Barnier a mandate to proceed with negotiations into the coming weeks.
It read: “The European Council invites the Unionʼs chief negotiator to continue negotiations in the coming weeks, and calls on the UK to make the necessary moves to make an agreement possible.”
With Mr Johnson’s deadline now past, UK officials have now called for the Prime Minister to walk away from talks.
Former Brexit Party MEP, Delinda de Lucy said: “If Boris had ever been serious about a No Deal threat to the EU we would have walked away by now.”
Tory MP for Wokingham, Sir John Redwood called on the Prime Minister to fulfil his promise and leave talks.
He said: “The EU have not negotiated in good faith.
“Time to end the talks as promised.”
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A second former Brexit Party MEP, Ben Habib also warned Mr Johnson’s have weakened the UK’s negotiations position.
He said: “15 October is the 3rd self-imposed deadline by Boris Johnson
“Every time he missed a deadline he weakened our position.
“If there is no deal this week he must stick to the deadline. If he doesn’t, it will reveal his true attitude to Brexit.”
Mr Johnson held a call with EU Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen and Mr Miche, l to discuss the progress of talks on Wednesday night.
Following the call last night, the Prime Minister’s spokesman declared the UK’s disappointment over the lack of a deal.
The spokesman said: “The Prime Minister noted the desirability of a deal, but expressed his disappointment that more progress had not been made over the past two weeks.
“The Prime Minister said that he looked forward to hearing the outcome of the European Council and would reflect before setting out the UK’s next steps in the light of his statement of September 7.”