The UK has warned EU chiefs to make sure they bring fresh thinking to the post-Brexit trade deal negotiations and concedes on fishing rights ahead of what could be described as the final week of talks by Downing Street.
Michel Barnier who represents the EU at the negotiation table has been in London this weekend for talks with the UK’s lead negotiator David Frost. Boris Johnson said there’s still so much to do at a late hour. Although there are claims that progress has been made in several areas, EU’s access to UK fishing waters still remains an issue to deal with.
Fresh talks are going on in London between both sides now after Mr Barnier recently proposed that the EU could accept a 15-18 per cent cut in its share of fishing rights in UK waters, but the offer was laughed at and immediately dumped by British negotiators.
A source close to the UK government source said, “These figures are risible, and the EU side know full well that we would never accept this. There seems to be a failure from the Commission to internalise the scale of change needed as we become an independent nation.”
The UK Prime Minister has warned that he isn’t joking about leaving the transition period without a deal if the EU fails to offer deals that respect the UK as an independent nation as talks over access to British waters has remained a barrier to sealing a deal.
Downing Street is prepared to leave the single market in any event as it sees the week ahead as the final week of talks, a source close to the negotiations said, “Over the coming days we will continue to negotiate with creativity and intensity.
“We hope that the EU will come with some fresh thinking because what we’ve seen so far doesn’t cut it. They must understand that we are not going to sell out our sovereignty.”