Panic has gripped Brussels, as French MEP warns, Britains Fisheries proposal would devastate the EU. François-Xavier Bellamy told the (EEP) European People’s Party that fisheries were “not just a detail in the Brexit deal but a decisive issue”.
This week an EU official told Reuters: “There have been hints of a possible reconciliation. “We would be looking to shift on demands to keep everything as is now, a somewhat maximalist opening position, if the UK also moved from its position of coastal attachment. That’s where the room for compromise lies.”
Despite this, Paris has stated that they are willing to listen and consider any new proposals coming from London, meaning the EU is hoping the UK caves in on fishing. Britain has stated numerous times that the UK is going to be an independent coastal state who’s in control of its waters and fish. Next round of negotiations starts next week.