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Nigel Farage questioned Boris Johnson’s decision to abide by strict coronavirus isolation rules despite testing negating for the virus in the midst of the final stages of Brexit. Mr Farage suggested the Prime Minister isolating could be considered an act of “cowardice” at a time when the UK requires their leader to hold the reins of the country. Speaking to talkRADIO, the Reform UK leader said: “He should be at David Frost’s side right now.
“If this Brexit deal is coming towards finality next week, this is the one moment in Boris Johnson’s entire career where I think the history books will judge him.
“He needs to be there, he needs to make sure we get the best possible deal.
“Being stuck in a room in 10 Downing Street until November 26 with only access to Carrie strikes me as almost verging on cowardice at the very moment we need him to lead from the front.”
Boris Johnson was forced to return into isolation after coming in close contact with one of his MPs who later tested positive for COVID-19.
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Mr Johnson was tested again earlier this week and was found not to have caught the coronavirus for the second time but Downing Street confirmed he would remain in isolation for the whole 14 days currently required.
UK negotiator David Frost headed to Brussels on Sunday for the 11th round of talks with his counterpart Michel Barnier.
On Friday, both sides suggested the gaps that have emerged between the two sides had begun to be bridged but concerns arose about the time left being enough to secure a deal and ratify any new agreement.
A spokesman for the British Government said: “Throughout this whole process we have listened carefully to our EU counterparts, signalled flexibility where possible to move the talks forward, and tabled new proposals to make progress.
“Although there has been some progress in recent days, there is much work to be done and time is now very short. We now need to see more realism from the EU on what it means for the UK to be an independent state.”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen insisted progress had been made despite negotiations having to be cut short due to a coronavirus scare.
President von der Leyen said: “After difficult weeks with very, very slow progress now we have seen in the last days better progress, more movement on important files. This is good.
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“Within the frame of the level playing field progress, for example, has been made on the question of state aid, but there are still quite some metres to the finish line so there’s still a lot of work to do.”
One diplomat said: “There is tangible progress on a number of areas while gaps are only slowly shrinking on core issues like a level playing field, governance and fisheries.
“There is growing concern that the negotiation process does not proceed quickly enough to ensure the ratification of a possible agreement until the end of the year deadline.
“Hope is nevertheless that negotiations can be finalised quickly if and once the necessary political decisions are taken in London.”
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