British Fisherman suspicious by Barniers generosity over fishing redlines.

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said the bloc would be willing to accept British requirements for zonal attachment, dropping pressure to permit the UK to break out of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Giving evidence to the House of Lords on June 23, Mr Barnier appeared to supply a significant compromise on fishing, which has been among the most controversial issues during trade discussions.

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The transcript of this meeting was printed on Monday, hours before he arrived for the most recent round of trade discussions with David Frost.
However, executive officer of the Shetland Fishermen’s Association, Simon Collins, cautioned against watching the words of Mr Barnier as a generous offer.
In an interview with the express newspaper Mr Collins said: “Barnier is enjoying a bit to the gallery there.
“It’s somewhat like saying he’ll permit the sunlight to develop – which is very generous of him since it’s no longer at his present actually.

“He’s offering a concession over something which he actually has no power over because the default position in international law is once we left the EU, which we did legally at the end of January, we then have all the rights and responsibilities of an independent coastal state.
“So we are actually in charge of our waters – that’s the default legal position.
“So what Barnier is doing is he’s giving his gracious permission to be where we already are legally.
“He’s obviously a very experienced and intelligent man.
“He’s making what looks like a concession to the gallery.
“In fact, it’s not a concession because under international law that’s the default position.”

Simon went on to say that the EU would like to see the UK to “remain a colony” of the EU saying: “We will decide what happens in your waters”.

With both sides of not finding common ground in negotiations, Simon said: “any noise that he makes now that looks to be conciliatory, I think, is trying to obscure the extreme position of the EU at the moment”, but went on to say a deal could be done saying: “I think we are reasonably positive. The industry has such a long history of being let down so we’ve never until anything is signed, sealed and delivered we wouldn’t be celebrating. So at the moment, the room music seems positive.

“So far, I don’t think we’ve been sold out yet.

“But we’ve been betrayed before, so there’s always a note of caution with us.”

“So far, I don’t think we’ve been sold out yet.

“But we’ve been betrayed before, so there’s always a note of caution with us.”

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