In the latest development of EU-UK Negotiations British PM Boris Johnson is having a phone meeting with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
As Michel Barnier and his two deputies leave London for Brussels today, British PM Boris Johnson is to hold a phone meeting with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen this afternoon.
Talks were ‘paused’ last night after both sides agreed conditions for an agreement were not met.
Both sides are totally stuck on fisheries, as well as having ‘significant divergences’ on issues with governance and the ‘level-playing field’.
It has been reported that the UK has offered three-year status quo on access in the 12 mile to 200mile zone of the UK Exclusive Economic Zone but on expiration of the agreement that UK would have a free to decide any future access rights.
On the issue of quota, it is reported the UK is seeking €300m of demersal fish from the value of what the EU currently catches.
The EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier has been rumoured to have demanded 10 years reciprocal access with penalties if access is limited after that. On the issue of quota, Barnier has stuck to the offer he made last weekend where the proposal which would have seen the EU fleet hand back between 15 and 18% of the value of fish stocks caught by EU boats in UK waters.
It is understood the UK is “hard core on the issue of sovereignty” on the other issues such as governance and the ‘the level-playing field’.