EMMANUEL MACRON has called for French fishermen to be looked after in a post-Brexit trade agreement between the UK and the EU – but should Boris Johnson give in to the French President in order to finally reach an agreement?
Express.co.uk readers can vote in our poll on whether the Prime Minister should bow to Mr Macron’s demands for fisheries after trade talks hit the October 15th deadline set by Mr Johnson without reaching an agreement has been. And let us know your thoughts in more detail by scrolling down and leaving a comment.
Our survey comes because Mr Macron is under pressure from French fishermen who are afraid of losing access to British waters.
At the EU summit on Thursday, the French President said: “Under no circumstances should our fishermen be sacrificed for Brexit.
“If these conditions are not met, we may not have a deal.
“If at the end of these discussions the right terms are not found, we are ready for a no-deal for our future relationships.”
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has also done a lot fishing.
He said: “It is very important to us in Ireland that our coastal communities are protected by a sensible and fair fisheries deal in an overall deal on Brexit.”
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney insisted that an agreement was possible even though the UK and the EU were “miles apart” on fisheries.
Speaking at a Parliamentary Committee meeting, Mr Coveney said, “My assessment that this is a deal can be made here.
“I believe a deal is being made here but there is a lot of difficult work to be done and I think it will be weeks rather than days to complete.
“I hope we’ll have a deal in sight in early November.”
However, he warned that the EU would not take back fishing to reach an agreement.
He said: “The EU will not sell its fishing industry to get a trade deal on Brexit.
“Both sides have to understand that.
“Fishing is not sacrificed to get a deal here.”
Fisheries have emerged as an important point in the trade talks between the UK and Brussels.
The UK has insisted on retaining the right to control who can fish in UK waters.
However, keeping them could lead to a lower fish quota for European fishermen.
It has previously been reported that the UK has offered the EU three years of slack in order to mitigate the impact of reducing the amount of fish European boats can catch in UK waters.
With the concession, the fishing quotas for European trawlers would be gradually reduced between 2021 and 2024.