Brexit POLL: EU states demand access to UK waters – should Boris give up on talks? VOTE

Brexit POLL: EU states demand access to UK waters – should Boris give up on talks? VOTE

Vote in our poll on whether the Prime Minister should give up on talks with Brussels over fishing differences. And let us know more about what you think by scrolling down and leaving a comment.

Our poll comes as the EU’s chief negotiator is understood to have been asking member states how far they would be prepared to compromise on fishing to strike a post-Brexit deal.

But officials from eight fishing states have reportedly told Mr Barnier to insist on sticking as closely as possible to the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) – which British fishermen say has decimated the UK’s fishing industry.

Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, told RTÉ News: “Barnier is trying to twist [fisheries ministers’] arms, but my understanding is that he hasn’t been successful in doing that.

“I think the message he is getting is: you have a mandate, and within that mandate you have a number of cards to play.”

The eight fishing states include Ireland, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, France and Sweden.

Fishing rights remain a key obstacle in post-Brexit negotiations led by Mr Barnier and UK chief negotiator Lord Frost.

The UK is insisting it will hold the right to control who can fish in British waters when the transition period ends on December 31.

But the stance could result in a lower fish quota for European fishermen.

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He added that is would be “impossible to bridge” without “further realism and flexibility” from the EU.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a video conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday.

The two leaders tasked their chief negotiators with working “intensively” in a last-ditch attempt to reach a deal.

Mr Johnson insisted an agreement was still possible but urged the EU to finally accept the UK will take back control of its fishing waters.

He told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I think it’s there to be done. Alas, there are some difficult issues that need to be fixed.

“There is no question that the EU needs to understand that we’re utterly serious about needing to control our own laws and our own regulations.

“And similarly they need to understand that the repatriation of the UK’s fisheries which were lost in 1973 is very important.”

The Prime Minister added that while the UK wants the same deal Brussels has already given Canada, Britain can “live with” an Australian-style outcome.

Published at Wed, 07 Oct 2020 08:18:00 +0000