As trade talks commence next week in Brussels between the UK and EU there still remains a massive logjam in negotiations over differences on fisheries and on “a level playing field”. Barnier has threatened in the passed that any deal between the EU and UK will rely upon the outcome of fisheries.
This threat from Barnier is down to French President Macron stating that the French must retain the same access to fishing waters as now, with the same quotas. This demand from macron has been well and truly rejected numerous times before.
With next weeks negotiations quickly approaching, Mr Frost took to Twitter saying: ‘Looking forward to going to Brussels next week for Round 7 (sic) of the UK/EU negotiations with Michel Barnier.”
“As always, we go in good faith to talk constructively about all the issues. Our assessment is that agreement can be reached in September and we will work to achieve this if we can.”
“As we keep saying, we are not looking for a special or unique agreement. We want a deal with, at its core, an FTA like those the EU has agreed with other friendly countries, like Canada.”
“The UK’s sovereignty, over our laws, our courts, or our fishing waters, is of course not up for discussion and we will not accept anything which compromises it – just as we aren’t looking for anything which threatens the integrity of the EU’s single market.”
These words from Britains negotiator strengthens and reaffirms the stance from the government. We will be taking back our sovereign waters and we will be free to do trade deals around the world with out being held back by the EU and its ECJ.