Barnier: fishing row is main obstacle in ‘final hours’ of Brexit talks

Barnier: fishing row is main obstacle in ‘final hours’ of Brexit talks

December 18, 2020

EU’s chief negotiator says two sides have hit ‘moment of truth’ after months at loggerheads

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Michel Barnier has said the main obstacle to a deal in the final “few hours” of the post-Brexit trade negotiation is whether Brussels will be able to hit British goods with tariffs if the government closes its fishing waters to EU fishing fleets in the future.

With the European parliament having said it needs agreement by midnight on Sunday for it to be able to give its consent in a vote this year, the EU’s chief negotiator said the nine months of talks had hit the “moment of truth”.

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