Michel Barnier threatens to sink Brexit deal in furious rant over fisheries

Michel Barnier threatens to sink Brexit deal in furious rant over fisheries

After a week of trade negotiations, the Brussels negotiator said he made it “crystal clear” he will not reach an agreement with his counterparts unless there is progress on fisheries. “The EU will not agree any future economic partnership that does not include a balanced, sustainable and long-term solution on fisheries – that is crystal clear,” he told reporters. EU leaders have ordered Mr Barnier to secure reciprocal access to Britain’s waters as part of the future relationship pact.

Mr Barnier also lashed out at the Prime Minister’s refusal to extend the Brexit transition period beyond the end of the year.

He added: “The UK cannot impose this short, brief timeline, and at the same time not budget to make progress on the same topics that are of importance to the EU.”

The EU’s chief negotatior said it was “disappointing” that his counterpart, David Frost, was yet to table a proposal on fisheries.

“I asked David Frost that based on our request… that we receive a reasonable proposal from the UK side on fisheries, and then we can see whether we can try to move closer and find a balanced, sustainable and long-term agreement,” he added.

The Brussels bureaucrat refused to speculate on whether he would walk away from the negotiating table over the stand-off.

Published at Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:48:00 +0000