Although no deal has been signed between the two sides, there have been indications from Brussels that concessions must be made by European nations for a Brexit deal to be signed. Assessing the state of trade negotiations, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations chief executive Barrie Deas revealed that he expects an agreement to be signed soon. Talk to Express.co.uk, he also highlighted when Britain had received a huge boost in negotiations with the EU over the UK’s rich fishing waters.
“It just underlines that the EU’s position is the outlier, it is the outlier.
“All the ingredients for an agreement between the coastal states are there, you know.
“I think this has been extremely helpful in the UK case.”
Under the agreement, the two sides will conduct annual negotiations to agree on access and fishing quotas.
British fishing fleets land around £ 32million worth of fish in Norwegian waters each year.
The deal will initially last six years before being renegotiated for another four years.
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It also contains the ingredients for what Lord David Frost demanded from the EU.
However, EU states, namely France, have asked for continued access to UK waters as part of what they have received under the Common Fisheries Policy.
France is also part of the “Group Eight” which depends heavily on British fishing waters.
For this reason, Michel Barnier spoke with the fisheries ministers of these states to ask them to drop their demands.
In a major step forward, in the current Brexit process, both sides agreed to resume negotiations this week.
Talks will now take place on a daily basis as the two sides seek to strike a deal in time for it to then be ratified by the European Parliament.