UK refuses to see fisheries as bargaining chip after EU signals concessions in Brexit talk
- 27 May 2020
The UK refuses to treat its fisheries as a bargaining chip in its Brexit talks with the EU, Britain's negotiator David Frost said on Wednesday.
The official underlined that any agreement has to accommodate the reality that the UK will maintain control of its own waters. Frost added that EU access to British waters will contradict the idea of Brexit.
Speaking of an agreement with the EU on the fisheries, the negotiator said it is fairly unlikely the two parties will reach a consensus by July, but vowed to continue working towards this goal.
"At the moment it seems very difficult to get beyond these issues of principle but we will keep trying. I'm beginning to think we might not make it by the 30 June, though we'll keep trying," he said.
The EU has indicated its willingness to ease its stance on fisheries in the Brexit talks and reach a compromise, Reuters reported on Tuesday, quoting sources within the bloc.