European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen furiously attacked Boris Johnson’s plan to override parts of the withdrawal agreement this afternoon. She said the UK cannot unilaterally set aside the Brexit deal, which the prime Minister agreed with the EU last October. In response to the EU’s tough stance, Express.co.uk asked its readers whether Mr Johnson should end post-Brexit trade talks with Brussels.
The online poll, carried out from 4pm-10pm on September 16, asked: “After Ursula von der Leyen’s attack – should Boris end trade talks now?”
The vast majority of the 5,261 respondents thought the UK should walk away from the negotiations.
A whopping 95 percent of readers (4,996 people) voted “yes”, with just five percent (241 people) saying “no”.
Less than one percent (24 people) opted for “don’t know”.
Readers then took to the comments to explain why they thought the UK should pull out of the talks.
One person wrote: “The trade negations should have been discontinued three months ago in favour of a WTO solution when it had become apparent that there was no satisfactory common ground available to reach agreement.
“The increasingly toxic relationship should now be carried to its logical conclusion with total repudiation of the withdrawal agreement and preparations for outright competition and a trade war.”
Another user wrote: “Allowing this to drag on serves absolutely no purpose, all it does is keep the door open for an adverse result when the best one, by far, is to walk.
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Another reader wrote: “The UK will be well within it’s right to walk away from the EU on WTO considering the aggressive manner of the EU.
“It’s good to see that 96 percent of the British people who took part in this poll voted to WALK AWAY, I agree with you.”
Earlier today Ms von der Leyen gave her annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament, where she chose to discuss Brexit.
She said: “This Withdrawal Agreement took three years to negotiate and we worked relentlessly on it line-by-line, word-by-word, and together we succeeded.
“The EU and the UK jointly agreed that it was the best and only way for ensuring peace on the island of Ireland and we will never backtrack on that.
“This agreement has been ratified by this house and the House of Commons.
“It cannot be unilaterally changed, disregarded, disapplied.
“This is a matter of law and trust and good faith.”