European capitals reacted with fury /// Brussels negotiator forced into making an embarrassing change to his original draft FTA with Britain


The Brussels negotiator was forced into making an embarrassing change to his original draft Free Trade Agreement with Britain. European capitals reacted with fury if they were presented with a string of watered-down fisheries demands in his original text. The record was updated to say the UK and EU should appear to”uphold stable and clear rules and existing mutual terms on access to waters and resources”.

Mr Barnier’s unique dossier sought to”respect present fishing activities” and included plans for yearly discussions on quotas according to a new scientific method rather than historical patterns.

These essential demands made by the Prime Minister stay from the Brussels bureaucrats newest draft free-trade arrangement.

EU officials have warned European capitals they would have to agree to a compromise on fisheries or risk the whole future relationship with Britain.

The move comes as Britain to has shared its vision for a free-trade arrangement with Brussels.

The dossier contains chapters on atomic, and an aviation security and air transport agreement.

We are sharing ours in assurance as a negotiating record, as part of the ongoing negotiating procedure.

“Teams will now analyse each other’s texts, and we anticipate further conversations between the groups next week.

“We shall keep under review which files it is acceptable to publish during discussions and whether it’s beneficial to make them available more broadly.”

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson, today ruled out remaining under the EU’s rules and regulations beyond the end of the year. 

The Prime Minister refused to take expanding the Brexit transition period instead despite the Government focusing much of its energy on trying to stop the spread of the virus that was dead.

At his daily coronavirus briefing, he explained: “There is legislation in place which I don’t have any intention of changing.”

However, a senior tory source has indicated the Prime Minister could still opt to extend the transition period.

They said: “We could still get a deal done in time, but he will extend the transition when he must.

“They have to abide by the tough rhetoric today – exactly like they did in October – to maintain the pressure on the EU.

“But if it comes to it, and a deal looks doable were it not for the coronavirus outbreak, then, of course, they would delay.”


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