But the Brexiteer has said he hopes Britain can ‘keep its nerves’ against the bloc, as talks between the two sides intensify.
Mr Lowe wrote on Twitter: ‘When I spoke to Barnier about Brexit it was always clear that he never expected the UK government to follow through.
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“Has the penny dropped? I really hope Frost can hold his nerves.
“We have played Barnier’s game for too long. “
As a result, the Express.co.uk asked readers if they thought Mr Johnson should call Mr Barnier’s bluff and force a no-deal.
In the poll, which ran from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on August 4, more than 17,000 people voted.
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EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier
An overwhelming 96% (16,443) urged the prime minister to call the EU bluff and leave the bloc without a deal as negotiations are deadlocked.
One person argued that it is the EU that does not want a deal and said: “The EU does not want a deal, but it wants to keep us as unprepared as possible in order to do the most harm. to our economy and deter other members from quitting. “
Another added: “When the EU respects the sovereignty of the UK and stops trying to take control of our laws, our trade and our fishing grounds, then, and only it will be worth it. to negotiate with them. ”
A third commented: “We have to go out now without a deal.
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“It would be in the best interest of the country. It is not good to keep putting it off because it costs our businesses and our country a fortune.
“If the EU now learned that we are definitely leaving without a deal, then everyone would know what we are doing and act on it.”
Another person said if Mr Johnson did not leave now he had jeopardized his chances of re-election in 2024.
A fifth person wrote: ‘This farce has been going on for quite a long time, corrupt bullies have no respect for the UK, especially the 17.4 million people who might see them for who they really are.
Boris Johnson leaves the EU with or without a deal
“The dictators and the money grabbing crowd. Barnier and his ilk will try to drag this out as long as they can, rightly so, no more money to waste.
“Walk away Boris. We will survive and we will become Great Britain again. Since a long time. “
Only four percent (732) said no and 66 people said they didn’t know.
Trade negotiations with the EU are currently at an impasse, with the two sides failing to agree on three fundamental areas: fishing rights, the demand for a level playing field and whether the UK must remain linked to the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Fishing was a major issue during the negotiations
Mr Barnier warned European businesses to prepare for ‘inevitable changes’ that would occur at the end of the Brexit transition period.
The EU’s chief negotiator said: “The transition to Brexit ends on December 31.
“In five months, the UK is leaving the single market and the EU customs union.
“Changes are inevitable, with or without an agreement on the new partnership.
“Businesses and citizens must prepare. “
The European Commission has published a 39-page dossier on the preparations businesses and citizens need to make before the end of the year.