There’s growing fear among the European authorities that Michel Barnier could yield to Britain’s demand just to secure a post-Brexit trade deal, and this will lead to Brussels grilling the diplomat on Wednesday morning when he meets with the EU27 ambassadors to discuss the state of talks. Tension Grows Among EU Leaders
EU leaders are concerned that Michel Barnier decision to not reveal actual details from the trade negotiation suggests he could be at the verge of accepting anything just to clinch a deal as the transition deadline fast closes.
Brussels sources have disclosed that French President Emmanuel Macron is one of the most disturbed considering his post-Brexit fishing rights demand which could mean bad news for France fishing industry if not achieved.
According to a report by Express UK, an insider says, “The main question is will what Barnier and Frost negotiate to stand up in capitals? States are becoming more nervy as they receive less information from the talks”.
“To make that gap some large concessions are required and it remains to be seen whether some EU capitals are going to sell those back home,” the source added.
Michel Barnier last week warned the EU that, “significant divergences” between both sides was blocking any progress in the trade talks.
Currently, we hear fewer talks promoting hopes the UK and EU could secure a Brexit trade deal before the end of the week.
French President Macron said during a joint news conference, “Our two countries are among the most concerned by a Brexit we didn’t choose. We are particularly vigilant on the level playing field, today and in the future, and the question of fishing.
“The preservation of the activities of our fishermen in British waters is an essential condition. The fair rules of the market in the future are equal. On the subject of Brexit, our position has been constant – a deal must allow for a fair future relationship and France won’t accept a deal that doesn’t respect our interests in the future”.
At the news conference in Paris, Mr De Croo said, “On Brexit, we didn’t want it. A deal is important but naturally not at all costs, and to keep a fair economic position between the EU and the UK, that’s clearly the important element for us.
“But it’s clear when one is all the same in the last minute of a football match, a decisive goal can happen in the last minute as well as the first minute. But we are all the same in a moment where we really must see if it’s possible to advance and to get a deal which is fair”.
Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove who’s in charge of contingency plan in the event of a no-deal Brexit said, “The EU still want to take the lion’s share of the fishing in our waters, which is just not fair given that we are leaving the EU. The EU still want us to be tied to their way of doing things.
“What happens if there is a dispute? The EU are at the moment reserving the right, if there is any sort of dispute, to not quite rip everything up but really to impose some quite penal and tough restrictions on us, and we don’t think that’s fair”.