WATCH /// MICHEL BARNIER THREATENS TO WALK FROM NEGOTIATIONS AFTER U.K. REFUSES TO PLAY BALL ON FISHERIES

After a week of trade discussions, the Brussels negotiator stated he left it “crystal clear” that he won’t reach an arrangement with his counterparts unless there is progress on fisheries. “The EU will not agree to any future economic partnership that doesn’t include a balanced, sustainable and long-term alternative on fisheries — which is crystal clear,” he told reporters. EU leaders have arranged Mr Barnier to procure mutual access as a piece of their upcoming relationship pact to the waters of Britain.

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He added: “The UK can’t enforce this short, short timeline, and at the same time not budget to make progress on the very same topics which are of significance to the EU.”

The EU’s chief negotiator stated it was “disappointing” that his counterpart, David Frost, was yet to table a proposal on fisheries.

“I inquired David Frost that according to our request… we receive a sensible proposal from the united kingdom side on fisheries, and then we could see whether we can try to move nearer and find a balanced, sustainable and long-term arrangement,” he added.

The Brussels bureaucrat refused to speculate whether he’d walk away from the negotiating table over the stand-off.

Boris Johnson’s team stated months ago stated that fisheries would be treated as a side issue separate from any trade deal.

Barnier confirmed the UK has demanded to be treated as a third nation separate from the EU and that the UK negotiation was very frank.

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