‘Why should we compromise?’ Brexiteer urges Frost to save Brexit in furious attack on EU

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Speaking to Express.co.uk, the former Brexit Party MEP said there was no space for compromise on the UK’s side of the Brexit negotiations with the EU. Ms Phillips warned the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration agreed with the Brussels bloc will have already damaged Britain’s post-Brexit future as she urged UK Brexit negotiator David Frost to save the last leg of the talks. She said: “A compromise is always a difficult thing that’s usually multifaceted, there’s not usually going to be a compromise on just one area.

“Compromise will probably have a knock-on effect in all sorts of areas. And frankly, why do we need to compromise?

“The very spirit and ethos of Brexit is ‘take back control’, now actually compromising on things is giving away control.

“It’s saying yes, we’re going to be a third country but actually, we’re still going to allow the EU to manage us and have oversight of us, and even have legal jurisdiction over us in various areas and places.

“That doesn’t seem to me the sort of attitude or mindset as a newly sovereign nation.

“So I don’t think there should be any compromise.

“I think Boris knows full well, that’s not in the spirit of Brexit, he’s used those words, repeatedly during the campaign: take back control.

“And that isn’t what he’s doing, frankly, he keeps ceding control.

“And I’m pleased so far with Lord Frost, I think that his mind is in the right place.

“And he’s trying to now make the best out of what is going to be a bad deal. Because half of the groundwork, half of the fatality has already taken place with the withdrawal agreement bill.

“So the damage essentially has already been done.

“And I think Frost is trying to salvage something out of this that looks as close to Brexit as possible.

“But I think given the context in which he’s operating with things like the political declaration in place, with the pushback against the Internal Market Bill, I think it creates an extremely difficult landscape for him to manoeuvre.”

It comes as Downing Street confirmed the Prime Minister was due to speak to commission president Ursula von der Leyen to “take stock” of the deadlocked trade talk negotiations on Saturday.

Briefings between the two leaders are seen as key moments in the cross-Channel bartering, with their conversation last month seeing discussions “intensified” before a fallout after the European Council meeting on October 15 briefly derailed the negotiations.

But Ireland’s Europe minister Thomas Byrne said he doubted the conversation between Mr Johnson and Ms von der Leyen would lead to white smoke on agreeing a deal, with “big issues” still remaining in talks that he described as having been “difficult”.

“I personally don’t expect that there would be major progress today but at the same time I think it is very good that the top two are talking – I think that’s really positive, but I don’t think we would expect ‘a moment’ at this particular point,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“At the moment there is a huge range of issues that need to be discussed at a technical level and they need to continue, I hope.

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“I hope that today’s discussion between Ursula von der Leyen and Boris Johnson will progress that further.”

UK chief negotiator Lord Frost was in the Belgian capital to speak face-to-face with his European Union counterpart Michel Barnier earlier this week.

Meetings between the pair are due to continue next week in London after both agreed there continued to be gaps in the UK and the bloc’s positions as the deadline for doing a deal edges closer.

After talks finished on Wednesday, Mr Barnier briefed MEPs and EU diplomats that “very serious divergences” remained, with only 54 days left until the end of the transition period.

He said the main stumbling blocks continued to be around the “level playing field” aimed at preventing unfair competition on areas including state subsidies, fisheries policy and the governance of any deal.

Lord Frost previously said progress had been made during two weeks of intensive talks but “wide divergences remain on some core issues”.

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