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As Brexit negotiations are set to come to an end this month, sticking points remain on fishing, level playing field issues and governance. The Prime Minister aims to leave the transition period at the end of December with or without a deal.
Both the British and EU negotiators have said each side is inching towards a potential deal which would govern around £697billion in trade after December.
David Frost, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, said the UK could agree to a “glide path” towards a suitable endpoint for a future fishers agreement with Brussels.
But as reports surfaced that the UK is about to back down on parts of the agreement over fishing, Express.co.uk asked whether the Prime Minister should make a concession to push through a deal.
The poll which ran from 1pm to 9pm on October 8 received 9,754 responses with an overwhelming 95 percent (9,217) urging the Prime Minister not to make a concession.
Just five percent (489) said Mr Johnson should while only 48 people said they didn’t know.
One reader said: “Absolutely no concessions.
“We’ve been fighting four years to be completely free.
“If Boris ties us back in again, the Tories will be toast.”
A second reader said the UK must be in control of “our own waters” and said: “We must be in control of our own waters, that does not mean we can’t permit access to the waters by other countries under our terms.”
A third person simply stated giving the EU control over fishing “is not Brexit”.
Others warned Mr Johnson if he makes any concession it will be the end of his political career and the Conservative party.
A fourth reader said: ”Boris should not concede to any of the ridiculous EU demands on fishing, state aid, subsidies, level paying fields or allowing any form of EU governance.
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“The EU cannot demand any of the above from any other nation that they have or want a Free Trade Agreement with.
“BORIS…DO NOT LET THE EU DO THIS TO THE UK. IF YOU DO YOU WILL PAY FOR IT COME THE NEXT GE.”
Another person echoed: “Fisheries was the bedrock of Brexit.
“Give the fish away and the conservative party won’t be in power for many generations.”
It was suggested this week that fishing opportunities for EU vessels could be “phased down” between 2021 and 2024 to offer coastal communities time to adapt to the changes.
Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Frost said the British side had indicated that some kind of transition could be possible.
He said: “Provided the end point is one that we wish to get to, there could be some glide path to get there.
“There are quite significant limits of what could be done there.
“I don’t think we would wish to close an agreement that didn’t satisfy the reasonable expectations of UK fishermen.”
His comments come the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned EU fishing states to be more realistic with their demands for access to Britain’s coastal waters in the Brexit trade talks.
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