The call between British PM Boris Johnson and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has ended without any advancement on agreement
The meeting between, British PM, Boris Johnson and European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen ended this evening with no advancement on an agreement between the two sides.
In a joint statement they said:
“In a phone call today on the on-going 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. Both sides underlined that no agreement is feasible if these issues are not resolved.
“Whilst recognising the seriousness of these differences, we agreed that a further effort should be undertaken by our negotiating teams to assess whether they can be resolved.
“We are therefore instructing our chief negotiators to reconvene tomorrow in Brussels.
“We will speak again on Monday evening.”
As Michel Barnier and his two deputies left for London for Brussels this afternoon, the British PM held a telephone call with the Commission President in an effort to find a consensus on the ongoing negotiations.
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’.