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Brexit trade talks between the EU and UK will take place in Brussels from Thursday, it was announced today. European Commission spokesman Dan Ferrie said: “I can confirm that negotiations are ongoing in London right now, they will run until tomorrow and then they will take place here in Brussels, as of Thursday.” He did not say what stage negotiations are currently at, but he added both sides are “engaging intensively” to reach a deal.
The transition period expires at the end of the year.
This means a deal will need to be reached within the next few weeks in order for it to be ratified by then.
The main obstacles so far have been over future fishing rights, as well as the so-called “level playing field” rules to ensure fair competition and governance arrangements for any agreement.
But Express.co.uk readers believe Mr Johnson should end the talks after he promised to do so earlier this month if no deal looked likely.
Readers were asked between 1.40pm and 9.22pm on Tuesday whether they thought Mr Johnson should pull the UK out of trade talks with the EU today.
Out of the 6,208 people who voted, a whopping 6,018 people (97 percent) said the UK should end talks.
Only 171 voters (three percent) disagreed with this, while 19 (0 percent) said they did not know.
Many readers shared their frustration at the stalling talks.
One person said: “The EU were told not to come to Britain unless their demands had been quashed and they were prepared to talk sensibly.
“A phone call later and Mr Barnier is back here.
“Have I missed something? No matter what the EU is offering it means nothing as long as the WA is still valid.”
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Another reader added: “The EU could at any time use this to force us to obey certain of their rulings.
“Boris must put this political time bomb through the shredder for his peace of mind, as well as his Government and the British people.”
A third person also said: “Why have we waited so long – get out now.”
And a fourth simply said: “Yes absolutely.”
Downing Street warned on Monday that “time is very short” to bridge the “significant” gaps between the UK and EU.
The president of the European Council also warned Brexit negotiations are at their most difficult stage.
He said: “We all know that, in all negotiations, the last and final decisions are the most difficult.
“Will we get a deal? I don’t know – it will depend on what will be on the table.”
John Berrigan, head of the European Commission’s financial services unit, said Brussels has asked London for more clarification on how long it will align with EU financial rules.
He told the European Parliament: “We are almost ready.
“There will be divergence… but we have to get some mutual understanding of how much divergence is likely to happen, and is that going to be sufficient to allow us to maintain an equivalence arrangement.”
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