Despite months of negotiating a French presidency official claimed the UK needs to clarify its positions and “really negotiate” in order to secure a trade deal with the bloc. The French official said: “The priority is for the British to clarify their positions and really negotiate to find a deal. The EU also has interests to fight for, those of a fair competition for its businesses and those of its fishermen.”
Now German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said many EU states are getting extremely impatient with the lack of progress in the talks.
However, she added: “A deal is in everyone’s interest.”
Officials from the EU have resumed crucial talks in London aimed at getting a post-Brexit trade deal.
The talks have been billed as the last “major” opportunity to avoid a no-deal Brexit at the end of December.
Today Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said that a free trade agreement between Brussels and London would have to be reached “this week if possible”.
On Sunday the UK’s Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said that the “last really important week” was about to begin.
The fishing industry only contributes 0.1 percent of the UK’s total economic output.
Boris Johnson has little scope for concessions in this area.
Fishing is a hugely symbolic industry for both France and the UK.
France’s president Emmanuel Macron is afraid of a huge backlash from French fishermen if he fails to keep the catch quotas in British waters similar to those pre-Brexit.