Asked if there would be a deal, Junior British Finance Minister Stephen Barclay said he hoped there would be one, but that fishing was a significant sore point. The British side said the annual negotiations were necessary for the stability and predictability of the fishing industry in the UK. After some progress on competition guarantees, including state aid rules, the most serious problem remains: Mr Johnson has insisted on regaining control of his waters, while the EU wants access to fishing waters. Navigation policy is also difficult. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised great things to the fishing fleet during the election campaign ahead of the 2016 Brexit referendum. Now he must deliver or risk charges of treason. But French President Emmanuel Macron faces an election in 2022 and giving in to the British is not the best way to win votes in France. In cash, the fishing industry contributes little to the British economy. So why is there such a sore point in the negotiations? The national quotas are then distributed on the basis of historical data dating back to the 1970s, when the British fishing industry says it made a bad deal.
Beyond the economy, fishing has also long been “an emotional subject” in the UK`s relationship with the Bloc, the BBC explains, and brexiteers “see it as a symbol of sovereignty that is now being reclaimed”. In order to avoid the breakdown of relations with an important trade and security partner, the EU can give in on the issue of fisheries. “Fishing is seen as a litmus test for Brexit,” huggins said. “It`s a complicated subject, but to most people, it seems relatively simple. Either you have control over what happens in your waters, or you don`t. It should be remembered, however, that fishing in the UK (less than 0.1%) and the EU (some landlocked countries have no fishing fleets at all) represents only a tiny fraction of the whole economy. . . .