French President Macron has been put under pressure from heads of state around the EU to cave in on his red lines around fisheries. As we’ve seen for months, fisheries have been one of the major stumbling blocks when it comes to negotiations.
Macron has pushed the perception that he was going to be able to maintain open access into Britain’s waters. However, as time has gone on, the demands have become more of a significant obstacle in the way of a Brexit agreement.
Pressure on Macron is now building from the Germans. Merkel has demanded Macron to accept there will be less access into Britain fishing grounds as Britain take back its waters at the end of the year. Macron is finding it hard to swallow this bitter pill, especially as he has an election to think about.
A climb down from his promises would be seen as weak and have an adverse effect in fishing communities in France. Angry Fishermen isn’t what he wants going into an election.
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