Brexit LIVE: Boris to hold ‘EU over barrel’ on fishing rights – UK will ‘maintain control’

Boris on fishing trade

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The Withdrawal Agreement Bill looks set to pass its final hurdle in the House of Commons this afternoon, edging the UK even closer towards officially leaving the EU on January 31. After this date the Government will be locked in intense talks with Brussels, as the two sides attempt to thrash out an amicable trade deal. With Boris Johnson imposing a strict deadline of December 31 for an agreement to be reached, having insisted the transition period will not be extended beyond this date, the EU are said to be nervous – particularly over the issue of fishing rights.

George Parker, political editor of the Financial Times, has predicted that fishing rights will be a huge sticking point in the trade talks.

He cites the Prime Minister’s assertion that Britain will be “maintaining control of UK fishing waters” after it leaves the EU.

But Politico report that the EU are concerned the UK will hold them over a barrel when it comes to fishing.

An EU diplomat told the political news site: “There are areas where the EU has more leverage, like market access, and others like fisheries where the UK has more leverage, so that would mean that they put us over the barrel on fish and we do the same with them on trade.”

Brexit LIVE: Boris to hold ‘EU over barrel’ on fishing rights – UK will ‘maintain control’

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill looks set to pass its final hurdle in the House of Commons this afternoon, edging the UK even closer towards officially leaving the EU on January 31. After this date the Government will be locked in intense talks with Brussels, as the two sides attempt to thrash out an amicable trade deal.

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