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A Brussels source insisted the EU will not strike an agreement with Britain while there is the threat of the UK Internal Market Bill, which overrides parts of the Withdrawal Agreement. Meanwhile, sources on both sides have claimed a deal on fishing is possible which would see UK quotas increasing over time, but key details still need to be finalised.
But the EU demands have sparked a furious response on the Daily Express Facebook page.
One reader blasted: “Never mind UK quotas increasing overtime. The EU must accept that we are taking control of our waters and we will hand out quotas.
“They have ruined our fishing industry with the CFP now it’s our turn to hit their fishing industry.
“If Boris gives in on this red line he will be finished.”
Another hit out: “What part of leaving don’t the EU understand, Boris should just walk away now and go for no deal and tell them that when you decide to treat us with respect as a sovereign country it will be under WTO terms, at least it’s a clean break Brexit with no ties to EU rules and regulations and ecj.”
A third fumed: “The EU cannot make demands who do they think they are!!!”
Another added: “Well tell them it is our fishing waters so back off no deal it is and we can’t be bullied by them.”
A fifth urged: “You should walk now Boris, waste of time talking.
“The fishing waters belong to the UK. EU has no right to demand fishing rights, without UK permission.”
Another commented: “Come on Boris Stand up for British Fishermen and Fishing in our British Waters around our UK Island’s shores…”
One more wrote: “The EU demanding again we should of walked away on day one.”
It comes as Brussels has insisted the controversial UK Internal Market Bill must be dropped.
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An EU source told the Daily Telegraph: “Things have improved but there is no way the EU will sign a trade deal when a gun is still on the table.
“We are looking for a deal and we are hearing positive noises from London but now is the time for the Brits to put the cards on the table.
“Nice words and mood music won’t cut it.”
The controversial Bill could be amended if a deal is reached by the EU summit in Brussels on October 15.
As well as differences on fishing, state aid has been a major sticking point in negotiations.
Another round of trade talks, led by Lord Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier, take place next week.
The two negotiators met in London earlier this week for informal discussions.
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