Brexit LIVE: UK official mocks EU as ‘chickens’ and save cave-in nearing – deal in DAYS

Brexit: Redwood warns of ‘EU tentacles’ without UK control

Boris Johnson has made clear leaving the European Union without a free trade agreement still remains the “most likely outcome” as trade talks continue in Brussels this week – a hardline tactic which could finally pay dividends. The UK and EU’s chief negotiators Lord Frost and Michel Barnier are making some progress in state aid and the level playing field but fisheries still remain a cautious “sticking point”. 

Mr Barnier is said to have told diplomats the UK had moved towards the bloc’s demands on the level playing field.

But a UK official said this morning if the EU “up their game”, a deal could be secured as early as Sunday.

A second compared the EU side to “chickens” and hinted a cave-in could be close.

They told Express.co.uk: “Barnier and his team have reached an impasse.

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“It’s time for those chickens to sort themselves out and give in and respect UK sovereignty.”

UK officials said an impasse still exists on fisheries with talks still remaining “difficult”

A Whithall source close to the negotiations said the “mood” surrounding fisheries was “tense and at a stalemate.”

The Prime Minister said he was committed to continuing negotiations on the remaining areas of disagreement and re-emphasised the desire to strike a deal.

His official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “(Mr Johnson) re-emphasised the desire to reach a free trade agreement – but not at any cost – and reiterated that any agreement must respect the independence and sovereignty of the UK.”

The spokesman also insisted that there remained enough time to pass legislation if a deal is reached to come into force at the end of the transition period.

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7:30am update: Irish PM urges ‘clarity’ on Brexit deal

Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin said on Tuesday that he hoped there would be some clarity on a Brexit deal by the weekend and that he was more optimistic than a week ago that British and European Union negotiators can reach agreement.

Mr Martin told Ireland’s Virgin Media News in an interview: “I would like hopefully by the weekend that we would have clarity around this and certainly it’s important that we do get some clarity so that we can then get any deal that might come over the line ratified.

“I think it’s very important that we get a deal.” 

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