Today, Boris Johnson is set to be briefed by UK Brexit Trade negotiator Lord Frost. The Briefing will elaborate on the chances of a deal being completed in the time left before the transition deadline date.
The past couple of weeks have been quite rocky for the negotiations as redlines where firmly held onto by Macron in regards to fisheries. It was reported that Macron went as far to suggest that a deal would be voted down by the french if they did not get unrestricted access into British waters along with status quo on quotas and policies around fishing.
The Prime Ministers spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister has been very clear in his talks with European leaders that time is in short supply.”
He continued saying: “We will work as hard as we can to see if we can get an agreement by October 15th.
“The EU themselves indicated to the UK negotiating team in July that mid-October was the last possible moment for a deal.”
“We are committed to working hard this week to seek to bridge the gaps that remain, in particular on fisheries and the level-playing field.”
In an attempt to apply pressure on Britain, French MEPs Nathalie Loiseau and Pierre Karleskind wrote: “These negotiations are coming to an end; the UK and EU realise that there is very little time left to find an agreement. We, as representatives of our fellow citizens, must protect their interest, and this will be our sole guideline when we vote on the outcome of the negotiations.
“We have been crystal clear so far and will continue to be: there won’t be a free trade agreement without a balanced, sustainable and long-term agreement on fisheries.
“There is nothing that would change our minds; let’s not reverse the logic of our negotiations.
“A future partnership agreement makes sense only if it protects the interests of the signatories, there is no doubt that the UK will be losing some benefits by leaving the single market, but this was the choice it made.
“Threatening the European fisheries sector won’t make the doors of the single market open wider. Why should European fishers suffer the consequences of a decision, Brexit, they were not part of?
“The EU negotiating stance is simple and transparent: to protect the interests of EU citizens and businesses, by no means to undermine them. The fisheries sector is no exception.”