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Brexit LIVE: Rishi Sunak promises to walk away with no deal if EU refuses to back down

RISHI SUNAK has warned the UK will not take a deal “at any price” despite the impact caused by the coronavirus.

PUBLISHED: 07:34, Sun, Nov 22, 2020 | 

 

Despite the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic, Mr Sunak claimed the UK is ready to walk away from negotiations if a good deal cannot be agreed. Ahead of his Comprehensive Spending Review next week, the Chancellor also claimed the UK will not be bullied into a bad deal despite the impacts of the virus. The Chancellor warned if the two sides fail to agree a deal, it will be due to the EU’s failure to compromise. 

With the EU stating, UK officials had failed to compromise on the main areas of divergence, Mr Sunak insisted Brussels has not realised Britain’s newfound sovereignty. 

 

He said: “The major impact on our economy is the coronavirus.

“It’s absolutely not a question of doing a deal at any price. If we don’t get a deal, why is that?

 
 

“It is because they are refusing to compromise on what are some completely reasonable and very transparent principles that we’ve laid out from the beginning.

Brexit LIve: Rishi Sunak lashes out at EU

Brexit LIve: Rishi Sunak lashes out at EU (Image: GETTY)

“We are not asking for super-special treatment.”

Despite his warning, the Chancellor did admit his hope a deal will be agreed. 

The two sides will continue talks next week ahead of a deadline on November 30. 

EU officials have claimed an agreement is 95 percent complete, although the issue of fisheries, state aid and the dispute

 

Fishing waters dependence

Fishing waters dependence (Image: Express)

11.49am update: End of the EU? Ex-Brexit Party MEP lists four major flaws that could topple bloc in 2021

The EU is “fighting for its life” and four areas have been highlighted that could lead to the end of the Brussels bloc in 2021 by former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe.

Mr Lowe told Express.co.uk: “The EU hierarchy are fighting for their lives and desperate people do desperate things.

“The euro was their response to the failing political experiment and is grinding Southern Europe into penury at an alarming rate.

“Brexit has put the fear of God into them as it is the logical path for these Southern Countries to follow if they are to act in the best interests of their people.

“If Biden is confirmed, he will embolden them given his Irish heritage, dislike of England and his general approach to world politics.”

10.43am update: 2,000 ski instructors at risk of losing jobs 

Approximately 2,000 Britons who work in ski resorts could be forced to return to the UK after the Government refused to work in the EU from January 1, 2021.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has removed from Eurotest, the common training test which allows the UK to develop ski instructors in Europe. 

Top-level instructors can remain in the EU, while others will be forced to leave if they do not pass the test. 

Brexit Live: Brexit endgame

Brexit Live: Brexit endgame (Image: Express)

10.03am update: Labour MP refuses to give party’s position on Brexit deal despite being asked three times

A Labour MP was grilled over how the Opposition party will approach the final Brexit deal between the UK and EU as time runs out for one to be achieved, but remained vague even as she was pressed multiple times on the question.

Sky News host Sophy Ridge questioned Labour’s Shadow Business Minister Lucy Powell over whether her party would be inclined to support the final agreement when it comes back to the House of Commons.

However, the MP remained vague about the party’s position, despite being repeatedly asked the same question.

Ms Powell said: “We’ve always said that we want there to be a deal. That is our starting point.

“We have now left the EU so the arguments about Leave and Remain are over.

“We’re now very near the end of the transition arrangement,

“The very best situation we could get for this country, in that context, is a deal with the EU.”

9.49am update: BBC’s Katya Adler hints Brexit will be done ‘in days’

A Brexit deal is expected to be completed within days, according to the BBC’s Europe Editor Katya Adler, who said that “progress is being made”.

A Brexit deal is just days away, according to BBC’s Europe Editor Katya Adler, following reports that just five percent of the agreement between the EU and the UK remains open.

Ms Adler told BBC’s Andrew Marr that around 95 percent of the legal text is agreed across all areas of the EU–UK future relationship. 

She said that in Brussels the “general expectation is a deal will be done in the next days”. 

She said: “Some progress is being made here. The general expectation is a deal will be done in the next days or couple weeks but the political decisions need to be taken.”

Brexit Live: Michel Barnier is self-isolating

Brexit Live: Michel Barnier is self-isolating (Image: PA)

9.23am update: Tory MP hits out at Boris for ‘weakening UK’s negotiating position’ after £1BN ‘surrender’

The UK has “weakened its negotiating position” by coughing up more than one billion pounds to the EU on January 31, the day the UK officially quit the bloc, Brexiteer MP Andrew Bridgen has said.

Mr Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, suggested Boris Johnson should have said the cheque “was in the post”.

He said: “We have weakened our negotiating position.

“We should have said the cheque was in the post.

“Throughout Brexit, the EU has taken every advantage of playing the cad and we accept every disadvantage of playing the gentleman.”

9.01am update: Liz Truss comments on UK-Canada deal 

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, the International Trade Secretary said: “Our deal with Canada means the UK has now struck trade deals with 53 countries, from South Africa to South Korea, in under two years.

“This covers £164 billion worth in trade, as of last year.

“Our values-driven and value-generating trade policy has been proven to deliver, with our Japan deal securing much more for the UK than it had been able to benefit from before.

“But be in no doubt, we will not do deals at any price.

“I could not be happier to be moving forward, with our Canadian allies, as free trade pioneers.”

 

Brexit live: Economic losses per EU member state

Brexit live: Economic losses per EU member state (Image: Express)

8.17am update: UK praised for approach to Canada deal 

On Saturday, it was announced the UK and Canada will roll over the  Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). 

The two sides will, however, be able to negotiate a new deal in 2021. 

This policy was praised by commentator and expert, Dr Anna Jerzewska, who said: “I like this approach – sign a continuity deal and commit to negotiating a proper one later on.

“Allows you to maintain some sort of continuity but acknowledges that the EU deal is not necessarily fit for purpose for the UK-Canada trade relationship.

“More importantly, this removes the Jan deadline for negotiating a proper FTA. Until you do, the roll-over applies.

“Meaning parties have more time to ensure the new deal is exactly what they want it to be.”

7.38am update: EU “would damage” us – Sir John Redwood 

Ahead of a crunch week for Brexit talks, Tory MP for Wokingham, Sir John Redwood claimed the UK need an ambitious plan for growth in Rishi Sunak’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

He said: “This week we need a bold plan for prosperity and growth.

“More tax rises and 600 pages of possible legal text from the EU would damage us more and hold us back.

“Let’s cut taxes and invest in a great independent future.”

Brexit Live: RIshi SUnak warned the UK will walk away from talks

Brexit Live: RIshi SUnak warned the UK will walk away from talks (Image: PA)

7.21am update: “We won’t take a deal at any price”

Rishi Sunak has insisted the UK will not be bullied into any deal with the EU. 

The Chancellor also claimed any failure to agree a deal was down to Brussels’ refusal to compromise on key issues. 

With the talks running out of time, he also insisted the UK is still prepared to walk away from talks. 

He told The Sunday Times: “The major impact on our economy is the coronavirus. It’s absolutely not a question of doing a deal at any price.

“If we don’t get a deal, why is that?

“It is because they are refusing to compromise on what are some completely reasonable and very transparent principles that we’ve laid out from the beginning.

“We are not asking for super-special treatment.”

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