While Mr Barnier tries his best to see all his demands met, The CEO of the National Federation of Fishermen’s organisation has warned the EU negotiator that there has been “no signs” to say the UK is about to capitulate on their fishing redlines.
This comes as UK and EU talks are in a deadlock with both sides refusing to give on their demands.
The EU is pushing for the UK to accept a “Level Playing Field” mechanism to be placed in any future trade deal. If this were allowed, UK businesses wouldn’t be able to compete with EU companies for business post Brexit. It also means the ECJ European Court of Justice would be the keepers of the agreement in case of any disputes.
The EU also wants the continuation of the Common Fisheries Policy so that EU fishermen maintain the same quotas and unfettered access into British Waters after the transition period.
Mr Barnier has warned the UK unless the UK meet demand on fisheries, there will be no Free Trade Deal agreed.
British Trade negotiator, David Frost has been unwavering on his stance as he refuses both key demands of the EU on the “Level Playing Field” and Fisheries. David Frost has always maintained that the UK will be taking full control of its waters on 1st January 2021.
Mr Barrie Deas, who represents fishermen’s interests in England, Northern Ireland and Wales said he has total faith in Boris Johnson delivering upon his promise of leaving the EU and taking back control of UK waters.
The Express newspaper has reported Mr Deas saying: “The statements of the Prime Minister and Chief negotiator give no signs the UK is about to capitulate on fishing.
“It is seen as a matter of principle for this Government which was elected on a platform that included delivering on fisheries.”
With the UK dropping the Common Fisheries Policy, regaining full control over UK sovereign waters, this will have a massive impact on EU fishermen. As they will no longer have unhindered access into UK waters meaning the UK fisherman will have the lions share on quotas.
Mr Deas said: “If the EU fleets had no access to UK waters they would have to catch their quota allocations in EU waters, to the extent that that would be possible.
“UK vessels would face less competition on the fishing grounds.”
Last week, on Al Jazeera, there was an interview with a French Fisherman. He threatened action against the UK if a deal hadn’t been agreed with the EU. The fishermen said: “The British export some 70 percent of their fish to the EU.
“If we get to 31st December and they throw us out of their waters, then we will block our ports and stop the ferries. No British boats or fish will reach French soil.”
A Downing Street spokesman said: “The EU continues to insist on fisheries arrangements and access to UK fishing waters in a continuation of the status quo.
“This is incompatible with our future status as an independent coastal state.
“We are fully committed to agreeing fishing provisions in line with the Political Declaration, but we cannot agree arrangements that are manifestly unbalanced, against the interests of the UK fishing industry, and do not respect the UK’s right to control access to its waters from January next year.”