Brexit LIVE: Boris left with ‘no choice’ but to shut door on EU -talks near total collapse

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Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski welcomed the Prime Minister’s tough stance and his vow “to embrace the alternative and we will prosper mightily as an independent free trading nation, controlling and setting our own laws”.

Mr Kawczynski tweeted: “UK Government source says Lord Frost has spoken to Barnier and told him not to bother coming to London on Monday for more talks.

“Finally for first time in my lifetime we have a country on our continent prepared to stand up to these bullies. Thank you Sir!”

Mr Johnsons hardline approach to the EU demands on fishing, state aid and dispute resolution was also backed by Jacob Rees-Mogg.

The senior Brexiteer said: “The EU needs to understand that the UK is not asking to be a vassal state.”

Former Tory MEP Daniel Hannan said the Prime Minister was left with no choice in the face of the EU’s refusal to compromise.

He said: “I hoped and believed that the EU would act in the interests of its 27 members and agree to a mutually beneficial deal. I was wrong.

“Boris had no choice but to walk away and prepare for no deal.

“We should now formally give notice that we are annulling the withdrawal agreement.”

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage also praised the Prime Minister.

He said: “A canada-style deal was always impossible given the withdrawal agreement. Boris now reaching the right solution.”


7.30am update: Moody’s downgrades UK credit status over Brexit uncertainty

Britain’s credit status has been downgraded by ratings agency Moody’s, who cited falling economic strength due to the pandemic and uncertainty over Brexit.

Moody’s shifted the sovereign debt rating down one mark from Aa3 to Aa2, but the agency said the “negative” outlook attached to the rating had been moved to “stable” ahead of an expected stabilising of the overall debt burden next year.

But it warned “lingering Brexit uncertainty” was expected to delay the UK’s recovery.

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