Today we find out the French Europe minister, Clément Beaune saying their fishermen will not be punished for the British voting to leave the EU. Mr Beaune said: “Our fishermen will not be a bargaining chip for Brexit. They will not have to pay the price for Britain’s choices.”
Barnier has now backed off the idea on giving in on fisheries and has warned the commission that any fall back from the red lines at the coming meeting between Boris and Ursula will destroy unity in the bloc. Barnier is now in a tight position after promising to stand by the red lines for four years. With weeks of negotiations left, he has to backtrack on that promise at the detriment of different nations.
The EU is now left with very few options to manoeuvre; they ether compromise on certain red lines or the bloc as a whole will lose out on a deal which will affect every sector in the EU. This scenario can only end in one way, discontent between EU nations as compromises have to be made.
One diplomat has sent a stern warning to Barnier saying: “Boris keeps saying that a deal is ‘oven-ready’, but Barnier will not want to come to leaders with any half-baked detail, especially on fish.
“That can be dangerous and unpredictable.”
During the high-level meeting, it’s being said that Michel Barnier will once again demand David Frost to adhere to their level playing field and state aid rules. So far, the UK is still leaving options open while refusing anything that goes against the interests of Britain.