Published On: Thu, Jul 23rd, 2020

Brexit fishing row erupts as Boris demands ban on nearly all EU vessels from UK waters | UK | News


The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has revealed the UK will not back down from demands on fisheries. He said that David Frost has asked for a “near total exclusion of EU fishing vessels” which is “unacceptable” to the EU. In his press conference today, Mr Barnier said that the United Kingdom had shown no willingness to break deadlock on the level playing field and fisheries issues, making reaching a new trade agreement “unlikely”.

Mr Barnier said: “On fisheries, the UK is effectively asking for near total exclusion of EU fishing vessels from UK waters, that is simply unacceptable.

“The UK will be an independent coastal state and the EU completely respects that.

“And we also recognise that under the future agreement there might be change to the benefit of UK fishermen.

“But, any agreement cannot lead to a partial destruction of the EU fishing industry.”

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He said that common fishing stocks had to be “managed jointly” and there need to be long-term management of resources in place. 

The backlash to Mr Barnier’s remarks was swift, with one BBC viewer noting: “Fisheries are non negotiable – does Barnier not get it?”

Another added: “As if Barnier has just said it’s ‘unacceptable’ for the UK to regain full control fisheries.

“What a joke, these are OUR waters!” 

He set the deadline of October for a deal to be reached between the two sides. 

Mr Barnier also hit back at Britain’s tendency to use “ultimatums or threat” in the talks, adding: “I don’t think we’ve got time for these games.”



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