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Despite months of negotiations, an official in the French presidency said the UK needed to clarify its positions and “really negotiate” in order to strike a trade deal with the bloc. The French official said: “The priority is for the British to clarify their positions and actually negotiate to find an agreement. The EU also has interests to defend, those of fair competition for its businesses and those of its fishermen. ”

Now German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that many EU states are extremely anxious to see the lack of progress in the negotiations.
However, she added: “An agreement is in everyone’s interest. ”

EU officials have resumed crucial talks in London to secure a post-Brexit trade deal.

The talks have been touted as the last ‘major’ opportunity to avoid a no-deal Brexit at the end of December.

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Today Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said a Brussels-London free trade deal should be concluded “this week if possible”.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that “the last really important week” was about to begin.

The fishing industry accounts for only 0.1 percent of the UK’s total economic output.

Boris Johnson has little scope for concessions in this area.

Fishing is an extremely symbolic industry for France and the United Kingdom.

French President Emmanuel Macron fears a huge backlash from French fishermen if he fails to maintain catch quotas in UK waters similar to those before Brexit.

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