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The Brussels diplomat is set for a grilling on Wednesday morning when he meets with EU27 ambassadors to discuss the state of play in the wrangling over a future relationship pact. Some member states are concerned Mr Barnier’s refusal to reveal exact details from the trade talks mean he could be about to lose his nerve as time runs out to reach an agreement. Brussels sources have revealed President Emmanuel Macron is one of the most nervous that the tussle over post-Brexit fishing rights could spell bad news for France’s fishing industry.
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Their outbursts followed a complaint by Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove that the EU was making “unfair” demands on the issue.
Mr Gove, the minister in charge of contingency preparations for a no deal end to the negotiations, said: “The EU still want to take the lion’s share of the fishing in our waters, which is just not fair given that we are leaving the EU.
“The EU still want us to be tied to their way of doing things.
“What happens if there is a dispute? The EU are at the moment reserving the right, if there is any sort of dispute, to not quite rip everything up but really to impose some quite penal and tough restrictions on us, and we don’t think that’s fair.”
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