Brexiteer declares victory over EU – ‘Boris has outwitted and outmanoeuvred Barnier!’

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Director of the Bruges Group Robert Oulds insisted the Prime Minister has “defeated” the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier in a move that will pave the way for a “fair and reasonable” deal. The Brexiteer said: “Boris Johnson has outwitted and outmanoeuvred the EU.

“He’s realised their weakness and Britain’s strength. He has defeated Michel Barnier in the negotiations.

“It seems like it’s going to be game, set and match to Britain.”

Mr Johnson has set a deadline of October 15 for an agreement with the EU after months of deadlocked negotiations.

But the Prime Minister added leaving without a deal at the end of the transition period would also be a “good outcome” for the UK.

And the Government is tabling new legislation which could override key elements of the Withdrawal Agreement, as it raises the stakes with Brussels ahead of the eighth round of trade talks this week.

On the chances of a post-Brexit agreement, Mr Oulds said: “It’s looking more likely because the EU will realise that they have to make concessions and give Britain what is actually fair and reasonable.

“What the EU has given other counties such as Canada or South Korea, which is a simple free trade agreement – that’s all Britain wants.

“Now the EU has to come to the negotiating table with a serious offer of a free trade deal rather than what they have been demanding previously.”

However, the Brexiteer urged Mr Johnson to abandon the Northern Ireland protocol.

He said: “Boris Johnson must not back down on his bold and aggressive approach where he is going to essentially undermine the Northern Ireland protocol which is a good thing because Northern Ireland has to remain British.”

The Bruges Group director echoed the Prime Minister’s view that leaving without a free trade agreement in place will not be a problem for the UK.

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He said: “Britain has a great future as long as we’re not bound by EU rules once we’re a fully independent country.”

It comes as Mr Johnson has told European leaders that progress must be made in the next round of post-Brexit negotiations.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “He has spoken with his counterparts on a number of occasions so far, most recently on this issue with Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyen and Angela Merkel.

“He is clear that we need to make progress this week.

“We can’t be in the same position as we are now by the end of the upcoming negotiating round if we are going to reach an agreement in the time available.

“As the Prime Minister is setting out today, there needs to be an agreement by the time of the European Council on October 15 if it is going to be in force by the end of the year.

“Reaching a deal at the eleventh hour is not an option.”

The latest talks led by the UK’s chief negotiator Lord Frost and his EU counterpart Mr Barnier begin tomorrow in London.

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