Brexit: Boris Johnson's position 'noticeably weaker' says Habib
Mr Johnson is under mounting pressure from both sides of the Brexit argument to either stand firm and take back full control from the EU or offer an 11th hour olive-branch in order to strike a free trade deal. Post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and the EU remain at a deadlock with issues surrounding fishing rights and the level playing field unresolved ahead of the looming December 31 deadline.
Former Brexit Party MEP James Wells has warned it would be “very damaging” for the Prime Minister if he caves into the EU at the last minute.
The former MEP for Wales explained the balance in Westminster has shifted away from Remainers towards Brexiteers following the Tories 80-seat majority win the election last year.
Speaking to Express.co.uk on the future of the Prime Minister if he does not stick to his Brexit mandate, Mr Wells said: “I think the Conservatives will have to get rid of him because he has got the perfect opportunity.
“He has an 80 seat majority and if he is going to concede on the red lines which we drew then yeah… I think he will be in trouble.”
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The 47-year-old old highlighted the UK has had since 2016 to deliver Brexit and warned red-wall Tory voters and traditional Conservative supporters will “never ever forgive the Tories” if the Prime Minister “sell us out”.
Mr Wells acknowledged the Prime Minister will have to shift in some areas of the negotiations but insisted sovereignty cannot be one of those.
He added: “So we have had four years where we have put the country through this huge struggle to break free of the EU and we have been presented with the opportunity to break free.
“I think there are an awful lot of voters out there – certainly the red wall voters – but also an awful lot of traditional Conservative voters who will never ever forgive the Tories if they are seen to sell us out.
“Now I think everyone understands there has got to compromise, but on sovereignty? There just can’t be compromise.
“Because this is it now for the next few decades, you know this deal we are signing, we cannot afford, we literally cannot afford, with the economy the state it is to have our wings clipped in any way.”
The Prime Minister held a phone call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday evening and insisted it was up to the EU to change tact otherwise the UK would walk away without a deal.
A number 10 spokeswomen said: “The Prime Minister underlined that the negotiations were now in a serious situation.
“Time was very short and it now looked very likely that agreement would not be reached unless the EU position changed substantially.”
Speaking during a visit to Greater Manchester on Friday, Mr Johnson said talks were ongoing but reiterated the onus was on Brussels to break the deadlock.
He said: “Our door is open, we’ll keep talking, but I have to say things are looking difficult.
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“There’s a gap that needs to be bridged, the UK has done a lot to try and help and we hope that our EU friends will see sense and come to the table with something themselves, because that’s really where we are.”
Earlier, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the European Parliament the two sides now stand at the “moment of truth” with a “very narrow” path to securing a breakthrough.
He insisted he was being “open and sincere” when he said that he was unable to say what the outcome will be from the “last home straight of negotiations”.
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