With fisheries being a hot topic in these negotiations, the Express interviewed the chief executive of The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, Barrie Deas.
During the interview, Barry was asked his opinion on the UK suggesting a three year transition period on fisheries.
Barrie said: “I think we’re some considerable way away from an agreement.
“My understanding is that this idea of a three-year adjustment period was something that the UK suggested to the EU, but haven’t really had a response.
“I think, probably much more significant is the scale of the adjustment to the quota shares, which is required to reflect the UK new status as an independent coastal state.
“That’s where the big gap is, and where countries like France are digging their heels in.”
French President Macron so far has threatened Britain with court action over access into Britain’s waters. Also, the French fisherman have been threatening to blockade ports if they don’t get their way on access and quotas. Barnier has even met with Macron to see if he would drop his red lines on fisheries so a deal could be done with the UK but with a French election just around the corner Macron is reluctant to back down from his red lines.
As Barrie states above, we haven’t really had a response on the three year transition period on fisheries and with that offer still looking to be on the table the conclusion to these negotiations is still up in the air.