Mr Macron is coming under increasing pressure from French fishermen who are terrified of losing lucrative access to British waters following the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31. The French President continued his defiant stance on the key red line at this week’s European Council Summit in Brussels, and said: “Under any circumstance, our fishermen should not be sacrificed for Brexit. If these conditions are not met, it’s possible we won’t have a deal.
“If the right terms can’t be found at the end of these discussions, we’re ready for a no-deal for our future relations.”
But Express.co.uk readers have overwhelmingly backed Mr Johnson not to give into the demands from Mr Macron in order to secure a Free Trade Agreement with the EU.
The latest poll, which ran from 11am until 10pm on Friday October 16, asked: “Should Boris give in to Macron’s fishing demands to finally reach deal?”
A huge 97 percent (7,797 readers) backed the Prime Minister to hold his ground on fisheries.
The remaining three percent (283 readers) disagreed while less than one percent (20 readers) were undecided.
One Express.co.uk reader said: “They did not care one jot about our fishermen when they had to burn their boats. Give them nothing.”
Another person commented: “Britain can become great again on our fishing alone.
“The EU desperately wants our fishing waters because they know there is big money to be made.
The Europeans have shown the contempt they have for us so give them nothing, no fish, no euro car imports.
“They’ll regret for ever taking on Great Britain.”
On Friday, the Prime Minister warned it is now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit unless the EU fundamentally changes its stance, bluntly telling Brussels there is little point in holding further talks.
Mr Johnson said: “I have concluded that we should get ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s based on simple principles of global free trade.
“With high hearts and with complete confidence, we will prepare to embrace the alternative and we will prosper mightily as an independent free trading nation, controlling and setting our own laws.”
Mr Macron appeared to soften his stance on fisheries when he said French fishermen accept their situation will be different after Brexit.
He admitted: “Will the situation be the same as today’s? No, that’s for sure. Our fishermen know it, we know it too. We’ll have to help them.”
But hopes of a climbdown were short-lived, when he quickly added: “But can we accept a Brexit that sacrifices our fishermen? No.”
Published at Fri, 16 Oct 2020 21:42:00 +0000