This morning we heard the reaction from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over the words coming from the EU council summit. Dominic was asked: “Can you give us a cast-iron guarantee that we will get a trade deal?”
Dominic replied: “Well, you can’t give any cast-iron guarantees because it depends on the other side, and I think we are disappointed and surprised by the outcome of the European Council. The Prime Minister had a good conversation with as the Von der leyen. We were told talks would intensify. Some of that language has been left out of the European Council decision that was put out.
Dominic Raab then gave his reaction to the EU demanding the UK should be the only side to compromise in the negotiations going forward. Dominic said: “We’ve been told that it must be the UK that makes all of the compromises in the days ahead, that can’t be right in a negotiation. So we’re surprised by that, but the Prime Minister was saying more on this.
Dominic Raab was then asked, “will the UK allow the French to fish in British waters” to which Mr Raab said it wasn’t the fact the french can’t fish in UK waters, it what there demanding from the UK which is the problem with.
Dominic said: “Well, it’s not really a question whether they’ll be allowed to fish in our Waters, It’s a question of the extent and the EU line, the French lines, effectively having our fishing industries being subject to EU rules for many years as you described and that’s had a huge decimating impact on the fishing industry. “
“We must keep the UK access to our own Waters having left the EU as an independent Coastal stay permanently low, that can’t be right. That’s not such an interest that will just be haggled away. That’s the point of principle having said that we are close.”
Mr Raab then said that the wording coming from the EU was surprising, saying: “There are only two issues fisheries and the so-called Level Playing Field issues left with Goodwill on both sides we can get there which is why we’re a bit surprised by the outcome of the European Council that was held this week.”