Brussels is said to be looking at new opportunities for EU boats who will massively lose out due to a retraction on fishery red line. It’s been reported that red lines set by French President Macron are going to be Sidelined by the EU hierarchy in its attempt to find a deal between the two sides.
With these red lines on fisheries being reported dropped by the EU, the EU now want the UK to drop its red lines on the level playing field which is set out by the EU and would see the UK adhering the EU rules post-Brexit. These demands on multiple occasions have been outright rejected by the British as they encroach on Britains newly regained sovereignty.
On fisheries, it’s being reported by the Express that a senior diplomat said: “It’s going to be less fish EU fleets can fish in British waters. That is going to be quite a challenge. We need a new balance with the British, but also between EU member states.
“I do not believe fisheries will be a major impediment to an EU-UK agreement. The UK sees it as a lever to gain market access to the European Union, that’s the game.”
“Michel Barnier needs more from the UK side before he enters the submarine or the tunnel. Whether there will be a deal or not will become clearer in the next week.
“Member states are becoming a bit nervous, and the Commission starts to prepare for no deal.”
A spokesman for the PM has said: “We’ve had useful discussions this week and progress has been made in some areas. However, there still remain differences on some important issues. However, we remain committed to trying to agree on a Free Trade Agreement, and we will work towards that today and next week.
“We continue to want an agreement, we continue to want an FTA, but it’s important that we can agree on some issues. Our ambition is to reach an agreement with Europe, and we will continue to work towards that end.”
The fisheries deal between the UK & Norway is a crucial step forward. Could this be a blueprint now for what happens with the EU? @NFFO_UK CEO Barrie Deas recently featured on @BBCRadio4 'Today', discussing what this deal means for the fishing industry 👉 https://t.co/P5dIAQjQiO pic.twitter.com/eKOewtR13J— CFPO (@Cornishfpo) October 9, 2020