PUBLISHED: 14:30, Wed, Oct 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:48, Wed, Oct 14, 2020
Robert Peston questioned why Boris Johnson had backed down from his own Brexit deadline after the Tory leader was adamant a trade deal would need to be finalised by October 15 in time for the UK to finally unshackle itself from the bloc by January 1. Mr Johnson has now said he will decide whether to proceed with negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal after the upcoming EU summit.
But ITV’s political correspondent hit back, writing on Twitter: “Correct me if I am wrong but I understood the PM was adamant that talks with EU on a free trade agreement either had to be agreed or abandoned by now.
“But they are apparently making little progress, on fishing and state aid. Yet the deadline of the EU Council will pass this week and the talks will continue next week.
“Goodness only knows how this will be glossed in today’s conversation between @vonderleyen and @BorisJohnson. No sign of Godot.”
Boris Johnson has been mocked for caving in (Image: PA)
Robert Peston has mocked Boris Johnson's deadline (Image: TWITTER )
The Prime Minister will not decide before Friday whether an agreement with the bloc is possible after being advised on the latest progress by the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost.
His spokesman said his decision should not be prejudged.
They said: “Boris Johnson will need to take a decision on next steps following the European Council in the light of his conversation with President von der Leyen, and on advice from his negotiating team.
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Boris Johnson will not decide before Friday whether an agreement with the bloc is possible (Image: PA)