Boris Johnson’s negotiating team have yet to reveal the exact details of how they plan to take control of the UK’s fishing waters back as part of the future relationship with the European Union.
However, the UK’s lead negotiator, David Frost, has resisted sending his draft proposals as part of a current dispatch of documents into the European Commission. EU officials believe the move is part of a negotiating strategy by the British to secure the favourable terms by using their most desirable asset.
To stop the UK is getting the upper hand in the trade talks, EU member states have emphasized the need for “parallelism” when talks restart the following week. With more than 11 workflows Brussels would like to ensure they all work at precisely the same speed.
One source said: “One key question is, how do you move on things?”The regions where there are strong convergences are UK asks, but it is on the more difficult areas where there are divergences — the significance of progressing in parallel remains dominant.” Mr Barnier has previously stressed the whole trade deal is politically linked to a fisheries pact.
An EU official said: “If there is no advancement on fish, then there can be no progress in different regions of the talks”A UK official stated: “We have always said we’ll seek to negotiate a comprehensive, free-trade agreement with the EU, and a fisheries agreement is going to be worked on individually.”
Britain has published a document that says in favour of negotiations using science to establish quota shares; its negotiating team is trying to scrap the Common Fisheries Policy model. After previous negotiating rounds were abandoned because of the outbreak, the trade discussions are set to resume next week via video connection.
The Government has rejected a request since it vows to leave the single market and customs union of the EU at the end of the year. Downing Street said if Brussels begged for more time, it would not even delay the trade discussions deadline. Mr Frost said: “As we prepare for the upcoming rounds of negotiations, I need to reiterate the Government’s position on the transition period created after our withdrawal from the EU.
This season, transition ends on December 31. We will not request to expand it. We will say no When the EU asks.”Extending would prolong negotiations, create even more doubt, leave us accountable to pay more to the EU in the future, and keep us jumped by evolving EU legislation at a time when we will need to restrain our affairs.”In short, it is not in the UK’s interest to extend.”
The Government stance came after the International Monetary Fund cautioned failing to lengthen the transition period could cause economic uncertainty. IMF chief said Kristalina Georgieva: “It’s hard as it is. Let’s not make it.”My advice is to find ways in which this elect of uncertainty has been reduced in the interests of everybody, of the UK, of the EU, the whole world.”
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