This morning it all kicked off over fishing rights on BBC’s Today programme on Radio 4. German MEP David McAllister and host Mishal Husain challenged the thinking from the EU over fishing rights and why the EU couldn’t agree on an annual fishing quota like they would with any other country?
The German MEP responded by saying that any “comprehensive Brexit trade agreement” must include a pre-arranged deal on fisheries. He also shot down any other possibility on moving on the red lines saying fisheries agreement could not be based on annual quota.
The German MEP said: “The European Parliament seeks a comprehensive trade agreement that includes an agreement on fisheries.
“And what we’re saying is that this agreement should be balanced, sustainable and provide long-term arrangements.
“So the fisheries agreement from our point of view cannot be based on annual quota. That simply wouldn’t be able to be implemented.”
Miraculously the BBC host challenged the German MEP saying well “Norway does that every year!” To which the German MEP replied: “Yes, but we’re talking about so many different fish species in all these British waters that most people who are engaged in the fishing industry say that this just wouldn’t be practical.
“It would be very heavily bureaucratic.”
This groundhog day process by the EU in an attempt to try and wear down the UK in these negotiations has dramatically failed. Lord David Frost with the backing of Boris, have decided to rewrite the withdrawal agreement to tie up any loose ends in preparations to focus minds or leave securely on a no-deal.
Before today’s meeting Lord Frost said: “Today, I will sit down with Michel Barnier and drive home our clear message that we must make progress this week if we are to reach an agreement in time.
“We have now been talking for six months and can no longer afford to go over well-trodden ground.
“We need to see more realism from the EU about our status as an independent country.”
He said the UK’s position derives from the “fundamentals of being a sovereign state” and called for the EU to “fully recognise this reality”.
“If they can’t do that in the very limited time we have left, then we will be trading on terms like those the EU has with Australia, and we are ramping up our preparations for the end of the year,”
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