A quarter of France's national catch comes from Britain's fish-rich waters. In northern ports like Boulogne-sur-Mer, fishermen are dependent on them.
"If there's no deal, we're going to ask that the French get the French waters," Mr Merlin explained. "That the Belgians go back to Belgium, and the Dutch as well. Because if all those boats get kicked out and come here [to French fishing grounds], it'll be unbearable."
I'm afraid that this starts more and more to look like wishful thinking.Despite the hardline rhetoric, a trade agreement is still possible – and the prime minister wants one, says Anand Menon of the UK in a Changing Europewww.theguardian.com
I don't think anyone expects the EU to make anything but some token gestures, if that -- the question is, rather, at what point does Johnson back down, or will he blunder into a no-deal Brexit that he doesn't want any more than does anyone else.I'm afraid that this starts more and more to look like wishful thinking.
The tone gets more grim.
That is no good sign at this stage of the negotiations IMHO.
Let's hope for the best.
If I were the EU, I would 'leak' a draft list early next week to the press, with internal proposals of the tariffs that will be slapped on Brittish goods if there is no deal.The UK's chief Brexit negotiator has told his European counterpart not to come to London on Monday to resolve stalled talks, after the prime minister warned it was time to "get ready" to leave without a deal.
Brexit: Ball in EU's court over trade deal, says GoveThe ball is in the EU's court if it wants to conclude a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK before the end of the year, Michael Gove has said.
Talks between the two sides have broken down amid disagreements over fishing access and competition issues.
The Cabinet Office minister said the EU's behaviour suggested it was not "serious" about an agreement although he hoped one was still possible.