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Mr Johnson made it clear this week he is serious about walking away from Brexit talks without a trade deal by October 15. His warning came just before the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrived in the UK on Tuesday for the eighth round of trade talks. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said discussions were continuing with the EU to resolve ongoing issues around the Northern Ireland protocol, which aims to ensure there is no return of a hard border with the Republic once the transition period is over on December 31.
John Redwood, Wokingham MP, urged the UK to drop trade talks and opt for the no deal option, as it will help the country “take back control” of four key sectors.
He told Express.co.uk: “Leaving with no deal lets the UK take back control of our laws, our borders, our fish and our money.
“That is what we voted for.
“The EU offer means we would stay under their control in many legal areas, surrender more of our fish, and still not be an independent self governing country.
“No deal is better than a bad deal.
“The EU offer is a very bad deal.”
Mr Redwood added the EU is also refusing to back down over the free trade agreement and UK sovereignty part of the Withdrawal Agreement.
He wrote on Twitter: “If the EU does still want a Free Trade Agreement with the UK as they stated in the Political Declaration they need to move on from trying to take more of our fish and keeping us under their laws.”
The transition period has been in place since the UK left the EU in January.
But Mr Johnson said if a deal was not reached by the European Council meeting next month, both sides should “move on”.
If this happens, the UK would have to trade with the EU on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms.
This means most UK goods would be receive tariffs until a free trade deal was ready to be brought in.
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Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s talks, UK negotiator David Frost warned the UK’s position comes from the “fundamentals of being a sovereign state” and called for the EU to “fully recognise this reality”.
Speaking before the talks earlier this week, he said: “I will sit down with Michel Barnier and drive home our clear message that we must make progress this week if we are to reach an agreement in time.
“We have now been talking for six months and can no longer afford to go over well-trodden ground. We need to see more realism from the EU about our status as an independent country.”
Senior EU figures were initially concerned the Government was set to table new legislation which could override key elements of the Withdrawal Agreement.
The Internal Market Bill, which was tabled this week in Parliament, will ensure goods from Northern Ireland continue have access to the UK market, while making clear EU state aid rules, which will continue to apply in Northern Ireland, will not apply in the rest of the UK.
An amendment to the Finance Bill will also give ministers the power to designate which goods going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland are considered “at risk” of entering the EU single market and at risk of EU tariffs.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen warned there could be no backtracking by the UK on its previous commitments if it wanted to reach a free trade agreement.
She said: “I trust the British Government to implement the Withdrawal Agreement, an obligation under international law and prerequisite for any future partnership.
“(The) protocol on Ireland-Northern Ireland is essential to protect peace and stability on the island and integrity of the single market.”
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