Johnson must fold on fishing rights to avoid no-deal Brexit, Macron warns

Prime minister ‘dismayed’ and ‘startled’ as EU leaders call his bluff over threat to quit talks

Emmanuel Macron arrives at the European Parliament building wearing a black face mask.
Emmanuel Macron arrives at the European Parliament
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EU leaders led by Emmanuel Macron have “disappointed” UK negotiators by insisting that Boris Johnson must back down in a row over fishing rights in order to get a Brexit deal, Lord David Frost said yesterday.

The prime minister’s chief negotiator spoke out after Macron called “Johnson’s bluff on his threat to walk out of negotiations” by insisting that Britain must concede a “good settlement” that will preserve fishing access for French boats in UK waters after the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December, The Times reports.

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