The European Union has rejected a proposal from the United Kingdom on fishing as a concession in the drawn-out Brexit talks. Insiders in Brussels reported this to Bloomberg news agency.
On Monday, the United Kingdom made a proposal to reduce the value of fish caught by EU member states in British waters by 30 percent. Last week, London demanded a 60 percent drop in this area. Fisheries is one of the most giant stumbling blocks in the negotiations on a trade agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom.
The EU would not go beyond reducing the value of fish caught in British waters by 25%. Countries such as France and Denmark would already struggle to accept this reduction. London sees control over its own fishing waters as one of the main points of Brexit, but Brussels does not want to give the British access to the European single market without retaining fishing rights in British waters.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that there are still significant problems in the Brexit talks. The time for a trade deal between the United Kingdom and the EU is becoming increasingly urgent. If the parties do not reach an agreement before December 31, trade and traffic between them run into controls, levies and red tape from the turn of the year.
The British have already left the EU at the beginning of this year, but are still following EU rules until January 1.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier will update the EU member states on Tuesday afternoon about the developments surrounding the trade talks with the British, including about fisheries. According to sources, a compromise is still possible. Barnier would later talk to the Brexit working group of the European Parliament about the state of affairs.
Johnson had a telephone consultation on Monday with President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission, about fisheries and the coronavirus, among other things, say sources in Brussels.