Sir John Redwood has urged Boris Johnson and the UK negotiating team not to lose their nerve at the last minute, with just 48 hours left to agree a deal. The leading Brexiteer told talkRADIO that Britain should not give up any more compromises, and it was time for the EU to back down. He also suggested that he had not seen any offer from the French or Germans that was better than a no deal Brexit.
This comes after a dramatic hour-long phone call between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday evening.
The two failed to break the deadlock on EU demands over access to British fishing waters and level playing field measures.
However, the pair decided to ask their chief negotiators to have “one last throw of the dice”.
Britain’s chief negotiator Lord David Frost will travel to Brussels this morning to meet with Michel Barnier before talks conclude on Monday with another phone call between the Prime Minister and Ms von der Leyen.
This morning the Conservative MP tweeted: “Time to end the EU talks. The EU still wants to keep 70% of our fish.
“We have not asked to take any of their natural resources. Their demand is insulting.”
Sir John told talkRADIO on Saturday evening: “I’ve always thought no deal was a very good outcome. I’ve always said only get a deal if it’s better than no deal.
“I haven’t seen anything on offer from the French or Germans at the moment that is better than no deal.
Following the phone call on Saturday, a source close to the British negotiating team said: “Basically we are not budging. The EU will have to budge. They need to change their mandate.
“If that does not happen by the time the call happens on Monday it will be finished.”
Another source told the BBC: “There is a fair deal to be done that works for both sides, but this will only happen if the EU is willing to respect the fundamental principles of sovereignty and control.”
Progress had been made in the talks earlier this week, before the French forced the EU to table unprecedented and last-minute demands that plunged the talks into chaos.