Brexit: Johnson and von der Leyen release trade talks statement
Former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said previous British Prime Ministers have been “ambushed” during previous meetings with the Brussels bloc and the UK “lost every time”. Mr Farage tweeted: “Thatcher, Major, Blair, Cameron and May were ambushed by going to EU meetings, we lost every time.
“Boris doesn’t stand a chance.”
His warning comes after it emerged the Prime Minister will meet for face-to-face talks with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen this week in a bid to salvage a post-Brexit trade deal after further negotiations failed to break the deadlock.
The pair have agreed to meet in Brussels after a lengthy telephone call on Monday – their second in 48 hours – to take stock of the current situation as the prospect of a no deal Brexit edges closer.
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When they meet in the Belgian capital – with Wednesday and Thursday thought to be the most likely days this week – it will be the first time they have convened in-person since January, in a sign that talks are being stepped up.
The move comes after the pair acknowledged significant differences remained with time running out before current trading arrangements expire at the end of the month.
A UK Government source said “no tangible progress” had been made during the negotiations, which they described as “looking very tricky”, and said “this must now continue politically”.
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