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Brexit warning: David Frost told fishing must NOT be sacrificed in deal – ‘It’s not FAIR!’

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Former Brexit Party MEP June Mummery insisted any compromise with Brussels should not involve fishing. The Brexiteer spoke out following reports the UK is on course to win just 60 percent of its demands in trade talks with the EU.

Ms Mummery told “I am worried about David Frost saying we might have to compromise.

“I don’t care what Mr Frost uses but he cannot use fishing that’s not fair.

“Because more than ever we need to rebuild the UK.

“We need to rebuild the fishing industry and that will create thousands of jobs, it will put people into work.

“This isn’t just about fishing it’s about the coastal communities.

“Look at the world now, if we have to start having holidays at home everyone will want to come to coastal communities that have been looked after and have a fishing industry.”

Ms Mummery’s comments come after reports that Mr Frost privately assured Conservative MPs the UK would win 60 percent of its demands in a post-Brexit trade deal.

A Tory source told The Sunday Times: “His view seems to be that we will get a deal, but he doesn’t seem to be completely thrilled with what it is likely to be.

“When people hear that we are getting 60 percent of what we want, the question on everyone’s lips is: ‘What is the 40 percent we are giving away?'”

Fishing is proving a major sticking point in trade talks between Britain and Brussels.

After the last round of negotiations, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier insisted the UK’s position on fisheries was “simply unacceptable”.

He said: “The UK is effectively seeking for near-total exclusion of fishing vessels from the UK’s water.”

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But a UK Government source said, while Britain would have the “right to control the economic exploitation” of its fishing grounds after the transition period, talk of exclusion was incorrect.

The source continued: “That doesn’t necessarily require the exclusion of EU trawlers from our waters.

“What it means is an agreed abatement in which we have the right to control access to that zone – and that is what at the moment they find difficult to accept.

“Until they do, it is going to be difficult to get to a fisheries agreement.”

Following the latest round of trade talks, Mr Barnier said a deal looked “unlikely”.

However Mr Frost insisted an agreement could still be reached but called for the EU to recognise it was in discussions with an “independent state”.

The UK is in a transition period with Brussels until the end of the year.

If the two sides are unable to reach a deal it will mean Britain leaving the single market and the customs union without any agreement on future access.

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