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‘Stop the talks, Boris!’ Britons FURIOUS as ‘panicking’ Angela Merkel issues warning to PM

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Mrs Merkel is urging EU negotiator Michel Barnier to play hardball by demanding “more realism” from the UK. Speaking today, Mrs Merkel’s ambassador in Brussels, Michael Clauss, said the German Chancellor was pushing for concessions from Mr Johnson to make it easier for her to convince fellow European Union leaders to back a compromise.

However, Facebook users posting on Express.co.uk’s page were unconvinced.

Bob Crowley commented: “The economy is pants at the moment.

“Now is the time to walk away, as it will only get better from there, WTO is the only way, ditch this corrupt bunch.”

Ian Howard agreed, posting: “Stop the talks Boris! The EU wishes to hobble the UK to prevent further implosion.

“Whole idea of getting out is so we are NOT covered by EU rulings!”

Terry Good said: “Who is this Angela Merkel that she thinks she is in charge?

“Boris, tell her to go and look after the people she is supposed to be helping, not to interfere in something that does not concern her, okay???”

Pat Patrick added: “I think we all remember when Cameron went cap in hand, before the referendum, to ask her for concessions.

“He was sent packing and the rest is history. Now she is asking for the UK to give a little.

“Well her words are too little, too late.”

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Meanwhile Charlie Port suggested Mrs Merkel was motivated by self-interest.

He explained: “She is running scared! 

“As it’s clear that Germany will have to pick-up the bill in future.”

“Also if she can’t get a deal then there are going to be other countries that will leave and her dream of a German Dominated Europe will be over.”

Similarly, Graham Everett urged: “Boris don’t give in. Germany is now panicking because of their car industry and other company’s that sell into the UK.

“They are in a massive recession. We have them on the run.

“The French need our fish so sell it to them at market rates.”

Speaking about the talks today, Mrs Merkel told the German Parliament: “Progress in talks is, to put it cautiously, very limited.

“We have agreed with Britain to speed up the talks in order to seal a deal in the autumn that must be ratified by the end of the year.”

However, she admitted Germany and the EU “must be prepared for the possibility that a deal doesn’t materialise”.

The UK negotiators have been in crunch meetings with their EU counterparts all week, after both sides agreed to intensify discussions.

They met this week face to face for the first time in months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Emmanuel Macron NIGHTMARE: French President issued devastating economic warning

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The country’s Court of Auditors has called for a “long-term” plan to control public debt, which has been tipped to reach 120.9 percent of GDP – in other words, a fifth more than all the wealth the country produces in the course of a year. Led by President Pierre Moscovici, the Court of Auditors, which has responsibility for conducting financial and legislative audits of most public institutions, highlighted the dire situation in its annual report, published today.

The document states: “The spontaneous rebalancing of public accounts will, in all likelihood, only be partial.

“Without recovery action, the deficit risks being very high for a long period.

“The debt trajectory would then not be under control.”

Government forecasts are suggesting GDP could fall by 11 percent in France this year, with the government banking on renewed growth to reduce the national debt, having pledged not to increase taxes.

The Court of Auditors has drawn up three scenarios for the recovery of activity, with the most optimistic not foreseeing a return to pre-crisis debt levels – just under 100 percent of GDP – for a decade.

The report warns against expectations in relation to economic growth, stressing that “an effort to structurally restore public finances must be undertaken” as soon as economic conditions permit.

It adds: “It must not be too brutal not to break the recovery, but it must be pursued constantly to obtain tangible results”.

An “in-depth” review of public spending to prioritise investment spending, coupled with an “increased effort to control other spending” is necessary.

In addition, the recovery plan which the government plans to deploy at the start of the school year will need to contain “temporary” and targeted support actions, without funding from an increase in public debt, the Court said.

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Speaking earlier this month, Mr Macron said: “The summer of 2020 will not be a summer like any other and we will have to keep watch over the evolution of the epidemic.”

The priority was to “rebuild a strong, ecologic, sovereign and fair economy”, he said, “drawing on all the lessons” of the pandemic.

He added: “This ordeal also revealed our flaws, our weaknesses: our dependence on other continents to obtain certain products, our cumbersome organisation, our social and territorial inequalities.”

Speaking earlier this month, Mr Macron said: “The summer of 2020 will not be a summer like any other and we will have to keep watch over the evolution of the epidemic.”

The priority was to “rebuild a strong, ecologic, sovereign and fair economy”, he said, “drawing on all the lessons” of the pandemic.

He added: “This ordeal also revealed our flaws, our weaknesses: our dependence on other continents to obtain certain products, our cumbersome organisation, our social and territorial inequalities.”

BFM TV and Agence France Presse earlier reported 7,500 looming job cuts.

Air France declined to comment on layoffs plans.

(Additional reporting by Maria Ortega)

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Brexiteers rejoice as Britain on track to leave EU with no delay – ‘We did it!’

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Well folks, it’s nearly the end of June, which means we did it

Bruges Group tweet

In accordance with the Brexit withdrawal agreement thrashed out between the UK and EU last year, and enshrined in the EU Withdrawal Act, the deadline for a UK request to any further delay beyond the end of the year is July 1. Pro-Brexit think tank the Bruges Group underlined their belief that an extension is now impossible, tweeting: “Well folks, it’s nearly the end of June, which means we did it.

“We pushed through the first half of the year without succumbing to the siren calls for a transition extension. Onward and Upward.”

The post echoed a similar one last month from the Bruges Group’s account, days before UK negotiator David Frost and EU counterpart Michel Barnier embarked on another round of talks.

The tweet read: “Thanks to the EU’s unreasonable stance (ably dismantled by Frost’s letter last week), progress has been poor.

“Once an extension becomes impossible, however, EU minds will be focused.”

Bruges Group director Robert Oulds subsequently told Express.co.uk Boris Johnson was increasingly in a position to pile the pressure on Brussels once the end of June was out of the way.

Mr Oulds said: “The European Union will then know that we mean business in Britain.

“The Government of Boris Johnson is standing firm and it has been since he became Prime Minister.

“He is not going to budge – they have had this vision that he is going to extend the transition period.

“That becomes an impossibility after that date.”

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Mr Oulds added: “They are not dealing with Theresa May anymore or any other British Prime Minister that has gone before apart from probably Margaret Thatcher.

“Therefore, they need to get on and negotiate a free trade deal before the end of this year.”

The “dire economic state” the bloc was facing made it imperative for them to strike a deal, Mr Oulds stressed.

He added: “They need to sit down and be serious and negotiate with us.

“The current arrangement will end – it will mean either no deal, which will mean they lose an important market or they think rationally and come to an agreement, which would be in their interests.

“People voted in the referendum to leave, they voted in 2017 for parties that promised to leave, and elected a Government with a handsome majority in 2019 to take this up fully.

“It’s what the British people want.”

Negotiators from the UK and European Union met face to face today in a bid to accelerate progress on a post-Brexit trade deal.

Teams led by Mr Frost and Mr Barnier held talks in Brussels for the first time since the coronavirus crisis forced them to be held via videolink.

Mr Barnier said they would “make the most” of the intensified process over the coming weeks and months.

He said the EU remains “calm and united in its principles and values”.

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