Barnier: ‘Cooperation’ On Fisheries Part Of Phase 2 Deal
Michel Brainer has outlined the EU’s position today ahead of the second round of Brexit negotiations. He spoke of the EU’s desire for an “ambitious partnership” with Britain which, in reality, means a continued relationship of the EU continuing to take what it wants and Britain receiving ever-diminishing amounts in return.
Mr Brainer said:
We are waiting for the United Kingdom to confirm, over the coming months, that we are working towards an ambitious free trade agreement and to tell us in which other areas it would like to cooperate.
From our point of view, we think that in addition to trade, our partnership should include security, defence and foreign policy, as well as justice and home affairs and include some sectors such as aviation and fisheries.
There will be no ambitious partnership without common ground on fair competition, state aid, guarantees against tax dumping and social and environmental standards.
He was deliberately vague about what this ‘partnership’ would entail but it would almost certainly entail some kind of adherence to elements of the justly hated Common Fisheries Policy which gives fishing fleets from EU member states equal access to European waters which currently allows EU boats to fish British waters and sell their catch back in Britain while British boats are frequently forced to dump parts of their catch due to the quotas it imposes.
However, this is to be a partnership very much on the EU’s terms. Mr Brainer said that Britain would not be granted “all the benefits of the Customs Union and the Single Market.” So, it is the usual ‘partnership’ between horse and rider then?