MP issues blistering attack on EU over Brexit fishing demands – ‘Time to end the talks’

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The Tory MP for Wokingham took to Twitter to voice his anger over the EU’s alleged demand for 70 percent of British fish. Fishing, along with state aid contributions and EU laws, have been key redline issues which have prevented the UK and EU from striking an agreement. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are set to speak today in a last ditch effort to agree on terms for a Brexit deal before Britain ends its transition period on January 1.

Mr Redwood said on Twitter the UK should end negotiations with the EU over the reported fishing demand.

He said: “Time to end the EU talks. The EU still wants to keep 70 percent of our fish.

“We have not asked to take any of their natural resources. Their demand is insulting.”

In other posts, he said the UK knows “how to import without a free trade deal” and added: “No need for more Project Fear.”

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Saturday saw Mr Johnson and Ms von der Leyen unable to break the deadlock on fishing that has prevented the UK and EU from agreeing on a deal.

In a joint statement Mr Johnson and Ms Von der Leyen said on Saturday night: “In a phone call today on the ongoing negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, we welcomed the fact that progress has been achieved in many areas.

“Nevertheless, significant differences remain on three critical issues: level playing field, governance and fisheries.”

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EU hopes for Britain to back down on fishing were raised when it was reported the two sides had nearly finalised terms for European access to British waters.

Brussels sources reportedly said the EU would have an agreed level of access to British waters, with changes phased in gradually between the next five to seven years.

But UK Government sources told “There’s been no breakthrough on fish. Nothing new has been achieved on this today.”

Should the UK and EU agree on terms for fishing, the last hurdle for a trade agreement would be on how much the UK abides by EU legislation.

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Michel Barnier has been instructed by both France and Germany that they are united on the need to impose consequences on Britain should it diverge further from the “ratchet clause”.

The clause would see the UK forced to follow EU environmental, social and labour standards, with divergence seeing British exports unilaterally hit with tariffs.

A UK Government source said to the Guardian negotiations could collapse completely if the demand is not dropped.

They added: “There won’t be any agreement if the EU don’t recognise reality.

“We’ll only keep talking if there is some movement and we think there’s any point.”

The UK will end the transition period on January 1, with time running out for any deal to be ratified.

Micheal Martin, Irish Prime Minister, raised fears Brexit negotiations remained on a “knife edge”.

He added to RTE: “Things are on a knife edge and it is serious. My gut instinct is that it is 50-50 right now.

“I don’t think one can be overly optimistic about a resolution emerging.”

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