Brexit POLL: Do you think Boris Johnson will compromise with the EU and reach a deal? VOTE

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Vote in our poll on whether you think Mr Johnson will compromise with Brussels to strike a deal. And let us know more by scrolling down and leaving a comment.

Our poll comes after the Prime Minister said a deal was possible but warned of outstanding sticking points.

Mr Johnson told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I think it’s there to be done.

“Alas, there are some difficult issues that need to be fixed.

“There is no question that the EU needs to understand that we’re utterly serious about needing to control our own laws and our own regulations.

“And similarly they need to understand that the repatriation of the UK’s fisheries which were lost in 1973 is very important.”

Fishing rights, state aid and governance continue to be key stumbling blocks in trade talks.

Responding to a comment made by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte that a trade deal between the two sides is a “geopolitical necessity”, Mr Johnson said: “Good for Mark, in which case I hope that they’ll agree to the deal that we’ve set out.

“I hope that they’ll agree to the deal that we’ve set out because it’s a very good deal for the EU.

“All we’re asking our friends and partners to offer is terms that they’ve already offered to Canada which is you know a long way away from here.

“We’re very close to our European friends and partners, we’ve been members of the EU for 45 years, I see no reason why we shouldn’t get those sorts of terms.

“I don’t want the Australian-WTO type outcome, particularly, but we can more than live with it.”

The Prime Minister and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held a video conference on Saturday following the final round of scheduled talks last week.

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Mr Johnson and Mrs von der Leyen went on to issue a joint statement saying they have ordered chief negotiators Lord Frost and Michel Barnier to “work intensively” in a bid to make a breakthrough.

The two leaders said: “The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, spoke today about the state of play in the negotiations on the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

“They agreed on the importance of finding an agreement, if at all possible, as a strong basis for a strategic EU-UK relationship in future.

“They endorsed the assessment of both chief negotiators that progress had been made in recent weeks but that significant gaps remained, notably but not only in the areas of fisheries, the level playing field, and governance.

“They instructed their chief negotiators to work intensively in order to try to bridge those gaps.

“They agreed to speak on a regular basis on this issue.”

But Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage warned of a compromise that will leave Brexiteers disappointed.

Speaking on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme, he said: “I sense from the Government’s language from the last few days, one or two of the things they’ve said on fisheries, some of the comments from Ursula von der Leyen yesterday reminding Boris Johnson and the Government that we did sign a new European treaty last year called the Withdrawal Agreement.

“I sense there will be a compromise, I sense there will be a deal before the end of the year and it is one that will not fully satisfy many Brexiteers.”

Asked if he would return to frontline politics again if he was not happy with the deal, Mr Farage said: “Let’s see where we go with this but if they completely drop the ball on Brexit, if we finish up stuck with a level playing field, unable to be competitive then there are more battles to be fought.”

The Brexit transition period comes to a close at the end of the year.

Mr Johnson has previously indicated he will walk away from the negotiating table if there is no deal by the EU summit on October 15.

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