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Brexit trade talks are set to resume today between Lord Frost and EU negotiator Michel Barnier after the UK accused Brussels’ stubbornness of putting a ‘de facto end’ to negotiations in the EU. Beginning of the month. And now, in a surprising twist, the fishermen have turned against the fresh president because of his tough stance, fearing that Boris Johnson will step down absolutely without a deal unless the EU backs down on his demands.

Mr Macron is seen as the driving force behind the EU’s rigid fishing demands, while Germany’s Angela Merkel has persisted in supporting demands for state aid and a level playing field.However, French fishermen believe such demands will come at a cost as talks between the UK and Brussels resume today.

Boris Johnson indicating that he is ready for the UK to pull out at the end of the transition period on December 31 without a deal, French fishermen fear they will lose access to UK fishing waters altogether.

Dimitri Rogoff, of the Normandy Regional Fisheries Committee, said: “If it’s not an agreement, it will be absolute chaos.

“We will have to stop our boats from going to sea because we will not be able to fish in British waters.”

Sophie Leroy, who owns four boats, also told The Sun on Sunday: “If there is no deal, we will not let a single British fish land in our French ports.

“We are not going to sacrifice our businesses and let the British market their seafood here.”

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8am update: Withdrawal agreement means UK will have European trade conditions Worse than Australia – new report

A new report has claimed that the UK would have worse trading conditions with the EU than Australia in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Boris’ plan to trade with the Brussels bloc on “Australian rules” under the World Trade Organization if a deal is not reached can already be doomed, according to a report from the Center for Brexit Policy.

He concludes that the legal guarantees the government has already given to Brussels in the controversial withdrawal agreement mean that Mr Johnson’s fallback option cannot be guaranteed without a radical overhaul of past commitments.

The report “The Australian Accord”: Another Impossible Dream, highlights the detrimental impact of the OA and the associated Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) signed a year ago.

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