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The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has been in London this weekend for talks with the UK’s Lord David Frost, but Downing Street warned there remains a lot to do at a late hour. Progress is understood to have been made across many areas, yet significant gaps remain on the EU’s access to UK fishing waters when the transition period ends on December 31.
It comes after Mr Barnier recently said the EU could accept a 15-18 percent cut in its share of fishing rights in UK waters, which was laughed out of the door by British officials who immediately rejected the offer.
A Government source said: “These figures are risible, and the EU side know full well that we would never accept this.
“There seems to be a failure from the Commission to internalise the scale of change needed as we become an independent nation.”
Boris Johnson has repeatedly warned he is prepared to leave the transition period without a deal if the EU fails to move as torturous talks come down to the wire, deadlocked for months over fishing rights and other issues.
But ahead of what Number 10 said could be the final week of talks, a source close to the negotiations said: “Over the coming days we will continue to negotiate with creativity and intensity.
“We hope that the EU will come with some fresh thinking because what we’ve seen so far doesn’t cut it. They must understand that we are not going to sell out our sovereignty.”
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