VIDEO – Brexit Discussion: “The EU is going to have to accept that if we are not a member state, then they cannot have the same sort of access to UK waters when we were a member state.”

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With the EU negotiations heating up, and with time running out to find a deal, Anand Menon, King’s College London professor of European politics and foreign affairs highlighted how the UK has the upper hand in the recent negotiation talks between David Frost and Michel Barnier. Mr Menon brought up the fact that for a deal to be had on fisheries, the EU would have to majorly compromise, which would mean them stepping back from their redlines. The director of UK in a Changing Europe think tank went on to suggest that the UK may also have to compromise, but the EU May have to compromise further to secure a deal around fishing.

Mr Menon said: “There is an interesting standoff here.”
“This is because fisheries is one of the areas where the UK has real bargaining leverage.”
“The EU is very keen to try and ensure that fisheries isn’t traded off against other things.”
“For example, if we said, we will give you fish if you give us financial services.”
When speaking about negotiations, Mr Menon said: “To get a deal on fish, both sides are going to have to compromise a bit.”
“The EU is going to have to accept that if we are not member state, then they cannot have the same sort of access to UK waters when we were a member state.”
“Equally, I think the UK may have to grant them a degree of access.”
“The question then is how often do we get to visit that access, whether it is annual or not as the EU wants a long-term deal.”
“There is going to have to be movement on both sides, and you have to remember this is pure politics.”
“In France, the EU and the UK, fisheries is a very trivial part of the economy overall.”
“This isn’t about striking the best economic deal.”
“It would be silly; I think if we didn’t get a deal if things stalled over fisheries.”
During the last high-level meeting between Boris Johnson and EU commission President Ursula Von de Leyen, Barnier was given the Greenlight to seek movement on gaining a deal with the UK even if it meant softening in certain areas. The EU member states were quick to back up their redlines, putting Barnier in a difficult situation going forward. 
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  1. The UK do not need to FTA with the EU, the EU need a desperately need an FTA with the UK, that is the difference, they need us more than we need them. Do not forget, there is a massive trade deficit between the UK and the EU and this is something the EU are desperate to avoid having to lose. The EU will do everything for pure political gain, they will cut their own hands off rather than consider a fair proportionate agreement where they lose some face. Everything is about politics and control. Even Merkel is softening her stance and has been smacked in the face with realism when she conceded that the EU will never be given full control as she so desires. She has in the past demanded that there were to be only one government in the world, and that government must be controlled by Germany through the EU. She has finally realised that this will never happen, she has also finally realised that the EU is not the be all and end all and neither can Germany dictate to the world. It has taken Merkel a few years to see the realities of the world. The likes of Barnier and his gang will never see the realities of the world. They are all committed Europhiles and are only interested in control. That is why the UK left the membership.

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