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If Brexit talks break down, it’s clear the EU never really wanted a deal and just wanted to punish Britain

WE’VE just moved a giant step closer to a No Deal Brexit.

Against all odds our negotiators worked doggedly to bring us to the brink of an historic trade agreement.

But after last night’s call between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen it is clear that is now dangling by the thinnest of threads.

The reason for this is clear — the entirely unreasonable approach of the EU.

Firstly they dragged their feet agreeing the legal text, then at the last minute European negotiators hijacked talks with a raft of last-minute demands.

These changes were made at the behest of France’s petulant president Emmanuel Macron — trying to seize our historic rights to shore up his plunging popularity.

His insistence that his fishermen retain rights to our waters for ten years are frankly ludicrous, and we must never give in to them.

Brexit is about wresting back control of our sovereignty — and that includes our waters.

Today our negotiating team heads to Brussels in what must surely be the final attempt to patch together a deal.

If, as looks certain, these talks break down there is only one conclusion to be drawn: the EU never really wanted a deal.

Instead its most vocal elements were hellbent on punishing Britain for daring to vote for Brexit.

Whatever the cost to both sides.

Boohoo cheek

SIR Philip Green isn’t the only odious tycoon giving British business a bad name.

The boss of a Boohoo-owned brand has been exposed breaching lockdown rules by holding a lavish party to celebrate the fast-fashion empire’s latest profits.

Covidiot Samantha Helligso mixed with pals to quaff £200-a-bottle Cristal bubbly, served by a butler.

One social media picture of her event showed a lobster course framed by two £25,000 Rolex watches.

Boohoo, worth £3.7billion, is already in hot water over sweatshop labour.

But with high street firms collapsing and tens of thousands facing job losses, this brash display of wealth was sickening.

Castle’s stormer

WHAT a much-needed pick-me-up I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here! has proved at the end of a gloomy year.

Fans of the ITV ratings juggernaut feared setting it in a freezing Welsh castle would be a disaster after Covid ruled out the Australian jungle.

How wrong could they be?

Thanks to Ant and Dec, it was still wizard, even without Oz. 

Boris Johnson's negotiating team to go back into crunch talks as 'no breakthrough is made' says EU chief

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