EU stance on fisheries crumble as Barnier tells the ambassadors of the EU27 “Maintaining the status quo in UK waters will not be feasible,”.

It’s being said Michel Barnier is battling against a brick wall when it comes to member states dropping their redlines on fishing quotas and automatic access into Britain’s waters. Ahead of negotiation talks in London, Barnier held a meeting with the ambassadors of the EU27 states. In the meeting, it was reported that Barnier said: “Maintaining the status quo in UK waters will not be feasible,”.

 

He went on to say “So the most concerned member states will need to explore room to move towards the UK in terms of quota allocation; provided the UK meets the EU on governance and state aid.”

Downing Street has said that they want a deal ready before the summit of EU leaders which is to be held next week. Barnier has ignored those warning instead saying “It’s not there yet. I will return to London to work on the outstanding issues,”

To add pressure onto Barnier, Boris has said the UK would walk away from the table if a deal isn’t found. With the previous walk away deadline at the end of June being missed, the deadline to walk away this time is October 15th.

The British negotiator Lord Frost is said he will advise the government on whether or not a deal is realistic. Lord Frost said to the House of Lords “As we approach October 15th, and it is very close already, I will have to advise the Prime Minister on whether the conditions in his statement have been met or not and we will have to consider the situation at that point,”

“They must be proportionate, aimed at bringing about a degree of change in behaviour, they must be the right instruments for the purpose. And you should not in general subsidise if there are negative effects on trade and investment,”

“Those are all commitments we are willing to make, and are important parts of a good subsidy system looking at the traditions we have in this country.”

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