With the French at the forefront of EU’s stance on fisheries, it’s been reported today that French President Macron could “Scupper an agreement” if he thinks the deal isn’t in his favour. So far talks are at a stalemate on fishing and “the level playing field”.
Britain isn’t backing down and with good reason. If Britain were to bind itself “with the level playing field” mechanism, then the UK wouldn’t be able to be competitive in trade deals or business.
A government official said on Bloomberg: “The EU continues to insist on access to UK fishing waters in a way that is incompatible with our future status as an independent coastal state.”
It’s said that this stance from Macron is a ploy to rebuild his support politically as his ratings recently have massively tanked. Macron is hoping that if he stands up to the British, then it may gain him some electoral support come to the French election in a couple of years.
Macron is hoping to gain support from the new EU rotating president, Angela Merkel. The two are planned to meet up at Macron’s summer residence in the Mediterranean around 20th August.
He is hoping to regain some support following a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The two are planning to meet up at his summer residence on the Mediterranean around 20th August.
On the British side, both Boris and his UK chief negotiator have continually said that Britain will not be signing up to “the level playing field” as that mechanism doesn’t respect to the sovereignty of the UK as it charts its course outside of the EU. Barnier has continued to say that any deal will need to include an agreement on fisheries.
As time is scarce, the current trajectory is that the UK will be leaving without a complete deal in place.
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