There are growing fears in Brussels that Emmanuel Macron and France’s stubborn fishing demands will torpedo the entire trade deal between the UK and the EU. The EU’s chief negotiator insisted that EU member states that Brexit would necessarily mean a reduced level of catches for them in British waters. However, these eight countries, led by French President Macron , refused to back down on their demands.
“For the EU to enter negotiations demanding the status quo, the same access to UK waters as the Common Fisheries Policy and catching the same quotas – that will be a difficult thing to keep.
“Barnier probed the limits of what these coastal states are willing to accept. ”
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The eight coastal member states – Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden – have so far refused to waver.
Mr Connelly added: “Barnier was running video calls this week with the eight fisheries ministers – including in Ireland.
“But before these calls began, the fisheries attaché of those countries met in Brussels and agreed on a unanimous position that Barnier should stick to his mandate.”
“They said he should not budge and the UK would not get a free trade deal at all if there was no fisheries deal, so now is the time to play. this card. “
Colm Ó Mongáin, RTE deputy editor for foreign affairs, added: “From the UK position, if the EU insists that things are going to change when someone leaves the club, and that ‘They can’t expect the same benefits so the UK can say the EU can’t get the same benefits from our waters if we leave the club. ”
Mr Connely warned, “I think things are going to get nasty. ”
French Minister Annick Girardin said in an interview published on Sunday that the UK’s proposals so far have been “unacceptable”.
Deputy European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune echoed this, saying: “We must not lose our composure in the final days of negotiations because this is when bad concessions can be made.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has publicly declared that the EU summit in Brussels this week is his deadline for a deal.