Any trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom with be “inextricably linked” to a deal on fisheries says the EU’s chief negotiator.
Speaking at a press conference in Brussels on draft negotiating directives for the future relationship negotiations with the UK, Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator reiterated that access to UK waters for the EU fishing fleet is on the table during the up-&-coming trade negotiations.
When asked if there could be a free trade agreement without an agreement on fisheries? Mr Barnier answered
“It is clear that the agreement that we wish to have in the interests of UK fishermen and in the interests of European fishermen, I call that ‘reciprocal access’ to our territorial waters and our markets, that agreement on fisheries will be inextricably linked to the trade agreement.”
He said that a “level playing field” had been agreed with British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and he expected the UK PM to stick to the rules made last year.