'EU won't accept own logic!' Gove blasts Brussels as it demands access to UK waters

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'EU won't accept own logic!' Gove blasts Brussels as it demands access to UK waters 1

Michael Gove gave an update on trade negotiations on Monday as he explained the EU’s stance has made some areas difficult as Brussels wants to have the same rights as before Brexit with the UK’s fishing waters. The Cabinet minister warned EU negotiators aren’t treating the UK like other independent countries despite having respected Britain’s decision to leave. Mr Gove added the UK is working to have a free trade agreement with the EU much like, Norway or Iceland.

Speaking in the Committee meeting, Mr Gove said: “This is one area where I think that the EU’s stance is particularly difficult and challenging.

“The EU quite rightly say to the UK, ‘Look, you’re leaving and we respect that. You cannot have the same rights if you do not have the same obligations, outside the EU as inside the EU’ and we accept that.

“We accept that the nature of our economic relationship will change.

“We’ll have a free trade agreement, won’t be members of the single market.

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“But, the EU don’t appear to accept their own logic when it comes to fisheries.

“They want to continue to have more or less the same access, they particularly want to maintain what’s called the relative stability mechanism, which governs access to our waters on the basis of out of date, historical patterns of fishing.

“Our view is when we leave, we’ll be an independent coastal state like Norway or Iceland or the Faroes.

“And therefore, access to our waters should be negotiated on an annual basis in the way it is with those countries.”


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