In a devastating report by the Centre for Brexit Policy (CBP), there are several areas within the agreement which could be problematic for the UK. With that in mind, Express.co.uk asked readers, “Should Boris rip up Withdrawal Agreement and demand talks start again?” In response, 4,492 said the Prime Minister must renegotiate a new agreement with the EU.
Out of 6,905, 2,252 said he shouldn’t while 161 said they weren’t sure.
In response, one person said: “I think we should, but only after we have left under WTO.”
A second said: “Declare it null and void as there was no intention by the EU to work for a fair deal.”
A third said: “If the WA leaves us tied in any way to the EU despite our leaving then we MUST repudiate it all together, else our sovereignty is impaired and that cannot be allowed!”
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A fourth said: “Any agreement that has the toxic taint of May on it is suspect.
“The British People do not want a continuation of her dishonest policies and we voted for independence not some kind of semi-detached status.”
According to the report by the Centre for Brexit Policy, Mrs May’s deal contained “poison pills” which will undercut Britain’s sovereignty.
Within the document titled, 'Replacing the Withdrawal Agreement: How to ensure the UK takes back control on exiting the transition period' there are several areas which must be readjusted.
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The issues include the Northern Ireland Protocol, the right of EU citizens, the controversial £39billion divorce payment, future financial liabilities, EU data protection laws, EU geographical indications of origin which are not reciprocal, and provisions relating to UK sovereign bases in countries like Cyprus.
The group also demanded the UK remain firm on the issue of Britain’s fishing waters.
John Longworth, Director-General of the CBP, said: “The British public repeatedly voted to ‘take back control’ and to ‘get Brexit done’.
“But we are now in the fine print stage of our departure from the EU and close examination of the terms agreed by former Prime Minister Theresa May and only partially improved so far by Prime Minister Johnson reveals that we are a still long way from fully restoring our national independence.
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“We must ensure that our future relationship with the EU does not undermine our right to take our place on the world stage like other independent nations, free to cooperate with friendly countries but not to be controlled by them.”
The UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost has also claimed his team has been trying to overcome the flaws within Mrs May’s original agreement.
The two sides will reconvene talks again this week after Michel Barnier travelled to London to discuss negotiations.
Despite the two sides continuing to work towards a deal by the autumn, the EU’s negotiator has insisted there are several areas of divergence between the two sides.
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Mr Johnson has previously insisted a deal could be agreed by July if the EU changes its stance.
Director of the think tank, the UK in a Changing Europe, Anand Menon insisted a deal will be agreed by the autumn despite Mr Johnson’s claims.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, he said: “If you force me to guess, I would say yes, there will be a deal.
"I think it will come in the autumn.
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“By the autumn, as the clock is ticking down, as it always seems to do with Brexit, heads of state and government will get involved, then the necessary trade-offs will be made.
"It’s worth bearing in mind, there are deals and deals, and this promises to be quite a thin deal that’s going to necessitate quite a lot of checks at our borders."