Eurosceptic Conservatives have offered their support to Boris Johnson as he prepares for showdown talks with European Union leaders later today, but have warned him not to do a deal at any price.
Johnson will head to Brussels after PMQs this afternoon for a dinner date with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen in an attempt to break the impasse which has emerged in three critical areas of the negotiation, namely fishing rights, the ‘level playing field’ and future dispute resolution.
Writing in the Telegraph today, former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith hoped that Boris would “know when to hold ‘em, Know when to fold ‘em and most of all, Know when to walk away”.
Another former leader David Davis told Politico’s Playbook that “he should remember the slogan he campaigned under: take back control.”
Sir Bill Cash speaking in the House of Commons said: “We will be watching all these matters with great diligence.
“We will hope and trust that the confidence is entirely justified and there’ll be no impairment of our sovereignty of the United Kingdom, which is what this is all about.”
Britain’s transition period following its withdrawal from the European Union ends on December 31 and any deal agreed today would still need to be legally drafted and ratified by both the European Parliament and the House of Commons. This really is the last roll of the dice.