Brexit: EU negotiations are 'stretching wire to its limits' says Bridgen
Andrew Bridgen told Sky News that the Prime Minister has stood his ground and not conceded on the UK's red lines during the negotiations with the European Union. He added that a no deal Brexit is a better outcome for Britain than a bad deal being agreed between the UK and the EU.
Mr Bridgen said: "What we do know is the Prime Minister despite the doomsters predictions has not budged on the UK’s red lines.
"We know that both sides think it is worth resuming the talks.
"We know that European Union negotiations always go down to the wire.
"What is clear is that the wire is being stretched to its very elastic limits in these negotiations."
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The Conservative MP added: "No deal is better than a bad deal.
"Access to the single market is worth about two percent of our GDP.
"I don’t think anyone is predicting in the event of no deal we will not do any trade with the European Union.
"A bad deal will be around our necks forever so we cannot tolerate that."
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This evening Mr Johnson and Ms von der Leyen issued a joint statement revealing they had agreed to undertake further negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal.
The statement said: "In a phone call today on the on-going negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, we welcomed the fact that progress has been achieved in many areas.
"Nevertheless, significant differences remain on three critical issues: level playing field, governance and fisheries. Both sides underlined that no agreement is feasible if these issues are not resolved.
"Whilst recognising the seriousness of these differences, we agreed that a further effort should be undertaken by our negotiating teams to assess whether they can be resolved.
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"We are therefore instructing our chief negotiators to reconvene tomorrow in Brussels.
"We will speak again on Monday evening."
Ireland's Prime Minister Micheal Martin tweeted following the statement: "I welcome the fact that negotiators will resume their discussions on an EU and UK trade deal in Brussels
"An agreement is in everyone's best interests. Every effort should be made to reach a deal."