John­son calls for EU to put a tiger in the tank to start talks on trade

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MICHAEL SET­TLE

Brexit Sec­re­tary to seek an ad­di­tional round of emer­gency talks to try to make progress be­fore next week’s Euro­pean Coun­cil sum­mit.

“Min­is­ters have wasted months of the Brexit talks fight­ing amongst them­selves,” de­clared the Shadow Brexit Sec­re­tary.

“This in­creases the chances that Bri­tain will crash out of the EU with­out a deal. That

Boris John­son, left, fol­low­ing a joint UK-Poland press con­fer­ence in Lon­don yes­ter­day. would be cat­a­strophic for jobs and liv­ing stan­dards and must be re­jected as a vi­able op­tion.

“The Govern­ment must recog­nise the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion. They must drop their ide­o­log­i­cal red lines and work round the clock to find a res­o­lu­tion to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.”

Mr Davis said the Govern­ment was ne­go­ti­at­ing in a “spirit of prag­ma­tism” to get a good deal and that it was “not a ques­tion of time or ef­fort… but of scope and con­tent”.

He stressed: “The key to an­swer­ing many of th­ese is­sues is to open up a dis­cus­sion about the fu­ture”.

But talks on this will not be­gin as the Con­ser­va­tive Govern­ment had hoped for by next week’s Euro­pean Coun­cil.

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