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Boris Johnson took over negotiations with the EU in July 2019 after replacing Theresa May as leader of the Conservatives. Following his 80-seat triumph in the December 2019 general election, Mr Johnson forced the EU to ditch the controversial Irish backstop negotiated by Theresa May and her chief negotiator Olly Robbins, from the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
Post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and EU remain on the brink after the seventh round of negotiations failed to make a breakthrough.
The lack of progress in Brexit trade talks has forced the approach taken by Mr Johnson to be questioned, with Ben Harris-Quinney, Chairman of the Bow Group think tank, arguing things now looked no different to Mrs May’s time as leader.
As the UK heads towards a no deal exit on December 31, a poll of more than 6,000 Express.co.uk readers has found the overwhelming majority believe Mr Johnson has done a better job with negotiations than Mrs May.
The survey conducted on Tuesday August 25 between 1.32pm and 10.00pm asked 6,327 readers “As no deal looms, has Boris Johnson negotiated better than Theresa May?”
A huge 87 percent (5,531) of readers thought the current Prime Minister is doing a better job and voted ‘yes’.
Just 12 percent (693) thought Mr Johnson was doing worse than his predecessor and voted ‘no’.
Meanwhile, one percent (103) remained unsure and said they did not know.
A number of Express.co.uk readers let their feelings known in the comments section.
One reader said: “May and Robbins were serving up a Brexit in name only that would have left the UK a satellite state outside the EU under total control from the Brussels dictatorship.”
A second user said: “Mrs May did not negotiate, she surrendered, and was actually in the process of agreeing a worse deal than the one we voted to leave.”
A third commented: “May’s deal would have kept us tied to the EU forever. We voted to leave the EU.”
Meanwhile, a fourth said: “May talked the talk but couldn’t walk the walk. Boris is walking.”
Mrs May reached a Brexit deal with the EU in late 2018, but the Withdrawal Agreement was rejected by a record 230 votes by MPs in January 2019.
In March 2019, the deal was voted down once again by a margin of 149 MPs, and for a third time a few weeks later.
Mr Johnson officially got the deal over the line on January 31, 2020 – more than 10 months after the original deadline of March 29, 2019.
There are now less than five months to go until the end of the transition period on December 31 and just over three months before the October 31 date set for a deal to be agreed by.
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Following the seventh round of talks between the UK chief negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier last week, the chances of a no deal exit have soared.
Several outstanding issues over a level-playing field on trade, fisheries and state aid remained unsolved.
Mr Barnier warned a deal now “seems unlikely” before the deadline, meanwhile Mr Frost a trade deal is still possible but acknowledged “there has been little progress”.
Brexit talks will resume in London on September 7.
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