BREXITEER Kate Hoey has blasted the EU over its demands on fishing and the so-called level playing field.
Brexit: UK ‘willing to leave on WTO terms’ says Francois
The former Labour MP insisted it was “quite right” the UK does not “give an inch” on the two issues, which are proving to be major stumbling blocks in post-Brexit trade talks between Britain and Brussels. Ms Hoey tweeted: The Brexiteer said on Twitter: “Quite right that our Government will not give an inch on a Level Playing Field and fishing.
“How dare the EU complain about us wanting to take back control of our fishing waters?
“Fishing communities devastated over years by the CFP @DavidGHFrost doing a splendid job.”
It comes after the fifth round of negotiations ended in stalemate.
The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK’s position on fisheries is “simply unacceptable”.
Mr Barnier also warned of gaps between the two sides on the so-called level playing field.
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Brexiteer Kate Hoey has blasted the EU over its demands on fishing and the level playing field
3am update: Brexit trade deal ‘deadlocked’
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier said a Brexit trade deal is not likely because of a dispute over the fishing rights and a level playing field.
UK’s chief negotiator with the EU, David Frost, said discussions were ongoing.
1am update: Cost of baby food and formula milk set to rise after Brexit
The Government is planning to impose higher tariffs of up to 17 percent on baby food and formula milk after Brexit.
Pureed food used for tube feeding for cancer and intensive care patients are other products facing increased tariffs.
The plans to up tariffs were revealed by by the British Specialist Nutrition Association, which is pleading with the Government to avoid making life more costly for young families.
10pm update: Former MEP points out why UK is right to resist EU pressure
Ex-Conservative MEP and Brexiteer Daniel Hannan tweeted: “Suppose the UK were to demand access to EU fishing grounds, a say over EU state aid and competition law and a role for British judges on the continent.
“Would anyone expect the EU to agree? Would anyone call it unreasonable for holding out?”
9pm update: Frost told to ‘keep up the good work’
A Brexiteer has told Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser David Frost to “keep up the good work” following the fifth round of trade talks between the UK and the EU.
Former Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe tweeted: “Latest round of Brexit talks have just finished.
“Sounds like Frost is standing firm on fishing and the level playing field. ‘Considerable gaps remain.’
“@DavidGHFrost – keep up the good work. All brexiteers will raise a glass to you on December 31st if you can deliver!”
7.30pm update: Truss insists UK will not “sacrifice a good deal for speed” in US negotiations
International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has insisted the UK will not “sacrifice a good deal for speed” in trade negotiations on a post-Brexit deal with the US.
She refused to set a deadline because it could be used to put pressure on the UK to sign an agreement.
Ms Truss told a House of Lords comittee: “We are commencing round three of the talks next week and we are making good progress.
“But we are very clear that we are not going to sacrifice a good deal for speed.
“We have expert negotiators who are tabling UK-specific texts across the whole agreement to ensure that it reflects our interests.
“We are not just going to accept photocopies of the US-Mexico-Canada agreement.
“We are also not going to budge from our red lines: the NHS remains off the table, our food standards must not be undermined and British farming must benefit from the deal.
“We also want to make sure that every region and nation of the UK benefits from the deal.”
Liz Truss insists UK will not “sacrifice a good deal for speed” in US negotiations
6.30pm update: Brexiteer blasts Barnier over fishing and level playing field demands
Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib has hit out at Michel Barnier after the EU’s chief negotiator said a deal was unlikely due to the UK’s refusal to bow to Brussels’ demands on fishing and the so-called level playing field.
Mr Habib tweeted: “Pls simply listen to what @MichelBarnier says.
“Do not over interpret it. Take his requirements at face value.
“His demands require we give up our sovereignty and remain a vassal state.
“@DavidGHFrost @michaelgove @BorisJohnson Where is our no-deal planning? WTO now.”
Leading eurosceptic Gunnar Beck has celebrated Brexit as a move that has saved Britain sending billions of pounds to the European Union’s coronavirus recovery fund.
The Alternative for Germany MEP said the EU had used the global pandemic to launch a “coup d’etat” to seize more powers for Brussels.
Speaking in the European Parliament, he said: “Good news! Brexit has saved Britain €80 billion – roughly the sum the recovery fund would have cost Britain.”
4.15pm update: Former MEP warns UK’s ‘only option is to walk away’
Ex-Brexit Party MEP Belinda de Lucy said on Twitter: “Here we are again it’s No Deal or a bad deal.
“The has EU refused to give the UK a fair FTA as it has with other nations, so our only option is to walk away or it’s MAY’S DEAL re-wrapped in new ribbons and no Brexit.”
Boris Johnson is not prepared to budge on fishing rights
3.10pm update: Tice predicts ‘partial deal’ could be struck ‘late on’
Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice tweeted: “No deal is always better than a bad deal….. I detect a partial deal will emerge, late on, possibly using the WTO’s Article 24 mechanism to buy time to document the detail.
“We are watching closely for betrayal or unnecessary compromise.”
Michel Barier was left stunned by Boris Johnson’s refusal to back down on Britain’s fishing demands, after he revealed that the UK wanted “near total exclusion of EU vessels” from its waters.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has revealed the UK will not back down from demands on fisheries. He said that David Frost has asked for a “near total exclusion of EU fishing vessels” which is “unacceptable” to the EU.
In his press conference today, Mr Barnier said that the United Kingdom had shown no willingness to break deadlock on the level playing field and fisheries issues, making reaching a new trade agreement “unlikely”.
EU and UK talks failed to make progress
2.08pm update: ‘A deal can be done’ UK official
A senior UK Government official involved in the talks, when asked about whether the talks were closer to breakdown or breakthrough, said: “I think we are potentially closer to both, to be honest – I think it is hard to quantify.
“I can quite see how we can make a breakthrough relatively quickly if they do adjust their position in the most important areas and, if they don’t, we won’t.
“It really is in their hands to a large extent and it is related to the fundamental principles in these few areas.”
On the prospect of a deal, they added: “I think it can be done, there is a way to do it, I can see how it can be done (but) you cannot be sure we will get there.”
1.58pm update: ECJ remains ‘sticking point’
No agreement has been reached over a dispute mechanism but the EU has recognised that the European Court of Justice is a sticking point for the UK, said a Government source.
Speaking to reporters, the senior source involved in the talks said: “No… we are in the talks process and we’re both exploring where we are.
“But what I think is clear is that they have understood that the presence of the Court of Justice in an agreement between us is essentially a non-starter for us for all the obvious reasons.
“They have indicated flexibility on this – we don’t know exactly what that means but they have obviously heard and understood that point of concern to us.”
They added that there was “a lot of precedents” in free trade deals for the “kind of dispute resolutions we could have”.
12.50pm update: EU and UK have until October to strike deal
Michel Barnier said the EU and UK have until “October at the latest” to strike a deal or risk the imposition of quotas and tariffs.
He said: “If we do not reach an agreement on our future partnership there will be far more friction. For instance, on trading goods, in addition to new customs formalities there will be tariffs and quotas.
“This is the truth of Brexit… and I will continue to tell the truth. If we want to avoid this additional friction we must come to an agreement in October at the latest so that our new treaty can enter into force on January 1 next year.
“This means that we only a few weeks left and that we should not waste it.”
Michel Barnier warned of a no deal Brexit
12.26pm update: Barnier hits out at UK
The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Thursday that the United Kingdom had shown no willingness to break the deadlock on level playing field and fisheries, making sealing a new trade agreement “unlikely”.
Michel Barnier said: “By its current refusal to committ to conditions of open and fair competition and to a balanced agreement on fisheries, the UK makes a trade agreement – at this point – unlikely.”
Speaking after this week’s round of negotiations in London, Barnier said there been no progress at all on the question of ensuring fairness on state aid.
He said: “The time for answers is quickly running out,” he told a news conference, referring to the five months left before the end of Britain’s transition period since it formally left the EU at the end of January
He added: “If we do not reach an agreement on our future partnership there will be more friction.
“We have tried to understand how these three red lines can be squared with our commitment to a comprehensive new partnership as set out in the Political Deceleration signed by Prime Minister Johnson on 17 of October last year.”
He said the EU had engaged “sincerely”, adding: “Over the past few weeks the UK has not shown the same level of engagement and readiness to find solutions respecting the EU fundamental principles and interests.”
12.04Pm update: Brexit talks – ‘considerable gaps’ remain
The UK’s chief EU negotiator David Frost said “considerable gaps remain in the most difficult areas” following the latest round of talks in London.
He said the UK and EU would not reach an agreement in July.
In a statement, he said: “It is unfortunately clear that we will not reach in July the ‘early understanding on the principles underlying any agreement’ that was set as an aim at the High-Level Meeting on June 15.
“We have also had constructive discussions on trade in goods and services, and in some of the sectoral agreements, notably on transport, social security cooperation, and participation in EU programmes. We have also continued to deepen our understanding of each other’s constraints on law enforcement.
“But considerable gaps remain in the most difficult areas, that is, the so-called level playing field and on fisheries.
“We have always been clear that our principles in these areas are not simple negotiating positions but expressions of the reality that we will be a fully independent country at the end of the transition period.”
MEP Phillipe Lamberts named and shamed the seven EU countries that are tearing Brussels apart from the inside and heading down the same path as the UK before the Brexit referendum.
He launched a scathing outburst against the seven countries he claims are ruining the EU from the inside.
The leader of the Greens in the European Parliament named and shamed the so-called “frugals” – the Netherlands, Austria, Sweden, Finland and Denmark – as well as the “pseudo-democratics” – Hungary and Poland. He claimed that their tactics during the European Union recovery fund talks last weekend resembled those from the British Conservative Party before the Brexit referendum.
David Frost said “considerable gaps remain in the most difficult areas”
Michel Barnier arrives for Brexit talks in London
Boris Johnson is facing a coup after it emerged some Tory MPs are already considering ousting their leader, with the Prime Minister’s honeymoon period well and truly over ahead of his year anniversary in office.
Tory MPs are understood to be looking to get rid of Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the next General Election in 2024 as they grow increasingly frustrated at his approach to the coronavirus crisis, which has left behind a crippled UK economy.
Critics have accused Mr Johnson of being “obsessed” with Brexit and therefore not well equipped to deal with coronavirus as he reaches his 12-month milestone on Friday.
One Tory MP told The Guardian: “If the economic downturn and the fallout from an inquiry into the pandemic put the party into freefall, some have even begun to think Johnson may need to be replaced before the next election.
“The party has no emotional attachment to Boris because he does not give us something to believe in, apart from as a vehicle for power.
“So a year out, if the polls look bad, it could happen.”
9.29pm update: Sterling stabilises
Sterling stabilised above $1.27 on Thursday on the last day of the Brexit negotiations, with traders looking out for any headlines that may shine some light on whether Britain could walk away from the EU with a deal at the end of the year.
Marshal Gittler, head of investment research at BDSwiss Group, said investors should “watch the tone of the statements coming out of today’s final meetings to see if they are of a conciliatory or confrontational nature”.
Overnight implied volatility gauges showed traders were slightly nervous about possible emerging headlines on Thursday as levels inched to a one-month high of 8.85 percent.
The pound was down 0.1 percent at $1.2716 and down 0.2 percent versus the euro at 91.02.
9.09am update: Brexit shock: How Northern Ireland ‘could return to EU’
Brexit trade talks are at breaking point, as the UK is seriously considering walking away from the EU and the negotiation table- but an unearthed report claims that Northern Ireland could even return to the EU after the UK’s departure.
Professor Colin Harvey, from Queen’s University Belfast, wrote for Irish broadcaster RTE back in 2019 that Brexit could lead Northern Ireland to rejoin the EU.
He claimed Brexit has had a “destabilising impact on relationships across these islands”.
Prof Harvey continued: “The border on the island becomes an external border of the EU after Brexit, will all the symbolism that this carries combined with the severe practical implications.”
Campaigners against Brexit rally in London
Anti-Brexit campaigner in London
8.27am update: FTSE 100 climbs
London’s FTSE 100 rose on Thursday.
The Anglo-Dutch maker of Dove soaps and Knorr soups jumped 6.8 percent to the top of the FTSE 100 as it said a strong performance in North America helped offset the hit from coronavirus lockdowns.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 was up 0.2 percent, with the world’s biggest advertising firm, WPP, also among the top gainers after a strong quarterly showing by French rival Publicis Groupe SA.
The mid-cap FTSE 250 was flat with gains in consumer staples, materials and energy stocks offset by declines for financials and real estate firms.
Security contractor G4S rose 4.3 percent to the top of the FTSE 250 after reporting a higher-than-expected first-half operating profit.
7.40am update:Brexiteer Francois makes trade talks prediction
Brexiteer Mark Francois has delivered a prediction as the UK and EU continue to struggle to make progress in crunch trade discussions.
Conservative MP Mark Francois is confident the UK will prosper regardless of whether a Brexit trade deal is agreed with the EU or not. While on TalkRadio, he claimed the UK should be prepared to trade with the EU under World Trade Organisation rules if a trade deal cannot be agreed by the end of the year.
The Tory MP also predicted that the bloc “may make concessions in the end game”.
Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU were on a knife edge last night as Downing Street insisted the UK will be prepared for “all possible scenarios”.
Number 10 played down the prospect of an imminent collapse in negotiations, with insiders saying the talks were “neither at a breakthrough nor a breakdown”. ]
The latest round of negotiations between teams led by the EU’s Michel Barnier and Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser David Frost will conclude today.
Additional reporting by Rebecca Perring.
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