Published On: Tue, May 19th, 2020

Brexit news: George Eustice sends warning shot to EU after trade talks stalemate | UK | News

Access to UK fishing waters will be negotiated each year in the country’s interests and not the EU‘s, the Environment Secretary has assured. George Eustice was asked about how the “contentious” issue of fishing rights are being prioritised during Brexit talks. Mr Eustice maintained that it was in the “interests” of the UK economy to “take back control”.

He told the daily briefing: “In this negotiation, we’re prioritising becoming an independent, self-governing country again.

“We want to make our own decisions, make our own laws, control our own waters and set our own fishing policy.

“We want a seat at the table where fishing opportunities are negotiated each year, not only with EU but also with countries such as Norway.

“We believe the interests of our economy are best served by us taking back control and making our own laws again.”

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Mr Eustice continued: “As David Frost has pointed out, there are a couple of sticking points so far in these negotiations.

“One is that the European Union seem to be insisting that we continue to abide by their laws even after we’ve left.

“The second is that the European Union seem to be saying that uniquely among every other country in the world, the UK should give unlimited access to its waters for EU countries even though we’re not any longer part of the Common Fisheries Policy.

“Both of those as a point of principal are wrong, and that is why we’ve adopted the stance that we have.”

Brexit talks have stalled after a row broke out between the UK’s Chief Negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier.

Mr Frost admitted there has been “very little progress” in talks.

He warned Mr Barnier that he must drop his “ideological approach” within the next fortnight.

Mr Barnier revealed that the round of talks had been “very disappointing”, adding that he was not optimistic about the outcome.

The EU negotiator also accused the UK of trying to pick and choose parts of the EU single market.

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