UK and European Union negotiators are meeting in Brussels this week for the ninth and final round of talks as both sides desperately try to find a crucial breakthrough and thrash out an agreement that can be rubber-stamped later this month. Michael Gove issued a huge warning to Brussels claiming the UK would happily walk away without a Free Trade Agreement if Brussels fails to compromise on a number of red lines that have continually held up talks. Now Express.co.uk readers have overwhelmingly backed the UK to leave the EU without a post-Brexit Free Trade Agreement in place.
The latest poll, which ran from 11am until 10pm on Thursday October 1, asked: “Would you be happy with Britain leaving EU without a trade deal?”
A huge 91 percent of the 23,690 people who voted - backed the move, with the remaining nine percent disagreeing. Less than one percent were undecided.
Responding to the poll, one Express.co.uk reader said: "Walk away Boris. We don't want any deal with the EU and we never have.
"Can't you understand that that is why you are Prime Minister? We want to be totally free. Leave the EU behind forever."
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A second person commented: "A deal is impossible. The UK has to protect its rights as a sovereign country. The EU doesn't accept that the UK can regain those rights.
"They will never be able to bridge that gap. Yet trade will still continue with the EU, businesses will find a way of doing business, probably just on a sector-by-sector basis.
"In the short term, the EU will have to get used to less fish and the UK will have to get used to less wine.”
Another Express.co.uk reader wrote: "The benefits to the EU from having the UK outside the bloc cannot be greater than the benefits from having the UK as a member.
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"The EU simply cannot have its cake and eat it."
A fourth person said: "If we leave the EU without a deal, it will be because the EU still thinks the UK should jump through hoops and give it everything it wants, rather than meeting the UK halfway.
"If we do leave without a deal, it's a fact the EU will soon be crawling back as its biggest member Germany will lose so much business just in its reduced car sales, and France will be pushing as its fishing industry will just curl up and die without some form of access to British fishing waters."
Mr Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, attacked EU arrogance and accused the bloc of acting in bad faith during Theresa May’s premiership.
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Speaking during the Blue Collar Conservatism/Daily Express virtual conference this week, he said: “In the past, with some of the negotiations we have had with the EU we bent over backwards to be accommodating and we didn’t get the benefit of the doubt as a result.
“So now we are going to be absolutely crystal clear with the EU as we have been over the course of the last few weeks.
“Look if you are not going to talk turkey with us that’s fine. We can leave, we can say that’s it, no negotiated outcome we are ready come what may."
The Cabinet Office minister also dismissed reports Britain is conceding to the EU in a number of areas, adding: “The EU has this sort of 'kidology' approach.
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“They try to use tactics to make voters in Britain and British politicians worried.
“I think one of the reasons they are coming out with this now is that they know in these negotiations we have stood firm throughout.”
Mr Johnson triggered the fury of EU leaders last month by pressing ahead with the Internal Market Bill, which would override key elements of the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU and consequently, risks breaking international law.
Downing Street insists the legislation is needed to protect the Northern Ireland peace process if Britain is unable to secure a deal with the EU.
But the European Commission has opened legal proceedings against the UK, with President Ursula von der Leyen confirming a "letter of formal notification" would be sent after ministers rejected a demand to withdraw the provisions from the Bill by Wednesday.