Agriculture minister Julia Klockner insisted the bloc would continue to demand continued access to UK waters as part of the trade and security talks. “We need to defend the interest of our fisheries industry and our processing industry in the EU,” she told the European Parliament’s fisheries committee. The German minister added: “Our fishermen and woman need access rights to the UK’s territorial waters and need fishing opportunities.
“I certainly hope that a timely agreement is possible. But, of course, we need to prepare for all scenarios, including a no-deal scenario.”
Ms Klockner’s warning came after Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, threatened to sink any chances of a trade deal unless Boris Johnson surrenders to the bloc’s demand for unlimited access to Britain’s waters.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly insisted Brexit must deliver a noticeable boost for the country’s fishing industry.