Brexit trade talks between UK negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier continue to go down to the wire. With the deadline of December 31 fast approaching neither side is willing to compromise and Mr Barnier has been urged to stand firm on fishing. On Tuesday, Mr Macron warned France will refuse to sign an agreement that “would not respect our interests in the long term”.
According to EU sources, the French President has sounded the idea of talks resuming next year without the pressures of a tight deadline.
The UK has always vowed to respect the timescale and the prospect of an extension has prompted a huge backlash from a number of Express.co.uk readers.
Reacting to the news, one reader said: “Without a time limit we will still being talked down to by Brussels in 2030! Get us out now, Boris!”
A second reader said: “They can talk for as long as they like! The transition is over on 31/12/2020!
“You just do what you want Macron as long as it does not include a fishing rod and a boat!”
A third commented: “Stalling for time, it’s what the EU does best.”
Meanwhile, a fourth added: “Sorry Macron, looks like you will be talking to yourself next year, we have better things to get on with.”
Lord Frost and Mr Barnier resumed in London this morning after talks overran into the early hours of Wednesday morning, culminating in a late night pizza delivery for the officials.
The move is set to throw trade talks into a crisis if an agreement cannot be reached over the next 72 hours.
The bill paves the way for internal trade to continue from Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK if there is no formal trading relationship struck with the EU.
A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “We have been clear that those clauses represent a legal safety net to protect the integrity of the UK’s internal market and to protect the huge gains of the peace process.”