THE EU is in panic mode today as ministers urged Michel Barnier’s Brexit negotiation team to back down to UK demands.
The EU if formally insisting the UK gives them exactly the same fishing rights in British waters after Brexit as they do during it, rather than a deal that is negotiated every year or two, as Boris Johnson wants.
But now some EU ministers have warned Barnier that failure to back down with destroy any hopes of a UK-EU post-Brexit trade deal – something that could see the EU unable to fish in British waters at all, at least temporarily.
The news comes as it was claimed the UK could strike a Brexit trade deal this week if the EU “doesn’t move the goalposts”.
The UK and EU will need to seal an arrangement by Saturday to have time to get it through their respective parliaments by the end of the year.
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