“It is essential that we take time and do not sacrifice our interests under the pressure of a calendar,” Buenne said. The European Parliament insisted on reaching the latest agreement by Sunday, so that Parliament had time to consider it before 1 January. European chief negotiator Michel Barnier also said on Friday that there were a few hours left to reach an agreement.
We do not want a compromise at all costs
But Beaune warns that negotiators should not make hasty decisions. “We do not want an agreement at all costs. We are negotiating the largest deal signed by the EU. “
The European Union and the United Kingdom cannot agree on, among other things, fisheries. Many European countries want access to British fishing waters, but no agreement has yet been reached on that. Agreements should also be made for a level playing field between British and European companies.
A day before yesterday, the Minister of Fisheries of the European Union countries agreed in Brussels on the fishing quota for the next three months. Generally, they conclude an agreement for a full year, but this period is now shorter because it is still unclear what can be agreed with the United Kingdom.
Dutch fishermen are allowed to catch at least 25 percent of last year’s annual quota in January, February and March, Fisheries Minister Carolina Scouton and her colleagues have agreed. Fishes that are mainly caught this season, such as mackerel, horse mackerel and blue whiting, can contain up to 40 to 65 percent of the fish.
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