Michael Gove revealed Michel Barnier’s current strategies for securing fishing rights for the EU in a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK. During the European Union Select Committee meeting, Lord Teverson questioned whether the UK would ever be able to find common ground with the EU regarding fisheries. Mr Gove admitted fisheries remained a contentious issue for many nations, particularly those in Britain who voted for Brexit.
Mr Gove then explained Mr Barnier may be looking for alternative methods to solve the crisis surrounding fishing waters in the trade talks after realising Britain may not easily agree to the EU’s demands.
Mr Gove said: “It is interesting that, as we understand it, Michel Barnier had a call with the fisheries ministers of various nations earlier this week, and he may or may not have been seeking some flexibility from them.”
He added: “Whether we are inflexible, or they are resolute, or they are stubborn and we are principled – whichever way you cut it – there is… a stand-off there.”
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