Despite the fact that fishing represents only 0.1% of the British economy, it remains symbolically loaded in the eyes of Brexit supporters and has become one of the main points of friction in the negotiations.
The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations (NFFO) and the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) warn Boris Johnson in a letter that a “bad deal in fisheries will be a failure to make promises to the sector.”
“Everything that will be given now will never be recovered. We urge you, therefore, to stand firm and give us an agreement that our sector can support, ”write SFF CEOs Elspeth Macdonald and NFFO Barrie Deas.
These pressure groups call for annual fisheries negotiations – a request rejected by the EU – and “a much fairer share of (British) water resources”.
But the EU, led by France, wants longer-term prospects in this sector.
London and Brussels are trying to reach a global agreement by 31 December, the end of the transition period following the official exit of the United Kingdom from the EU on 31 January.
British Brexit chief negotiator David Frost evokes imminent trade deal with EU “early next week”
British Brexit chief negotiator David Frost told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he expects a trade deal with the European Union (EU) “early next week”, reveals the tabloid The Sun without citing sources, Reuters reports.
David Frost announced on Sunday, on Twitter, “progress”, lately, in the negotiations with Brussels.
However, European diplomats warned that time was running out, and one of them lamented that “maybe it’s already too late”.