For a future trade relationship between the EU and UK post-Brexit, a fishing agreement to co-manage fisheries under “common resources” needs to be signed, this according to European affairs minister Michael Roth address to the EU Parliament.
Mr Roth said: “We do understand that the UK wants certain advantages for its own fishermen, for its own fisheries industry. “But, common resources need to be managed together in a sustainable way, which means we cannot accept that the UK would exclude EU fisheries efforts from its territorial waters altogether.”
This warning from the German minister comes days before the eight-round of Brexit talks are about to commence in London to see if the trade negotiation deadlock can be overturned. This is despite both sides stating that on the current trajectory, a trade deal going is looking extremely “unlikely”.
He added: “No progress has been made for quite some time and we observe that the UK is now moving away from what we had agreed on a long time ago as the basis for the negotiations.
“Now that doesn’t mean the EU is changing its stance.”
Mr Roth went on to say that Barnier will be holding ground on the redlines around fisheries in the hopes the UK backs down.
The German minister continued saying: “We need to protect the interests of our environment, our economy and our workers,”.
“And that is a very clear position taken by our chief negotiator Michel Barnier.”
Despite this harsh language from the EU, UK trade negotiators continue their rejection over these anti sovereign demands regarding control and access over Britains fisheries and UK state aid subsidies.
A spokesman for the PM said: “An agreement is still possible and is our goal, but it is clear it will not be easy to achieve. The EU is still insisting not only that we must accept continuity with EU state aid and fisheries policy but also that this must be agreed before any further work can be done in any other area of the negotiations including on legal texts making it very difficult to make progress,”
The spokesman continued saying: “We will continue to work hard to reach an agreement and look forward to the next round taking place next week.”
“The EU continues to insist that we must agree on problematic areas in the negotiations such as EU state aid before any further work can be done in any other region in the talks including on legal texts. That makes it very difficult to make progress.
Meanwhile, in a boost for the Prime Minister, France declared the bloc would continue to trade with Britain after a no-deal Brexit.
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