Brexit LIVE: Macron to cave on hardline fishing demands – deal in sight as talks intensify

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And with talks set to continue throughout the weekend, hopes are rising about the prospects of an agreement being struck between the UK and the EU. Sources have suggested the French President is relaxing his stance, especially in relation to state aid rules.

Sources have suggested the French President is relaxing his stance, especially in relation to state aid rules.

Crucially, there are also indications that he is prepared to back down over fishing rights for French ships after Brexit, something which has proved to be a huge stumbling bloc.

Specifically, Express.co.uk understands he has prepared France’s fishing industry to accept a reduction in quotas from UK waters.

Simon Coveney, Ireland’s foreign minister, struck an optimistic note, saying a deal was “doable but difficult”.

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Both the UK and the EU had previously said that they would need to get a deal by mid-October if it was to be implemented in time – and they are in a race against time with December 31 – which marks the last day of the transition period – looming.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that if there is no agreement, Britain will start trading with the bloc on “Australian terms” – shorthand for World Trade Organisation rules.

Nevertheless, the prospect of the imposition of tariffs and quotas has concerned many businesses which are already under pressure as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “The pressure is on. We’re running out of time.”

Downing Street has said both sides – led by the EU’s Michel Barnier and his UK counterpart Lord Frost respectively – are now in “intensive talks” which would continue until to Sunday.

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8.05am update: Brexit fishing row – Expert pinpoints moment EU’s ridiculous demands laid bare

Britain’s fisheries have remained one of the main areas of divergence in Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU, but one expert has revealed the moment the European Union’s “outlier” demands were laid bare.

Although no agreement has been signed between the two sides, there have been indications from Brussels that concessions must be made by European nations in order for a Brexit deal to be signed.

Assessing the state of trade talks, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation, Barrie Deas, revealed he expects a deal to soon be signed.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he also highlighted when Britain was given a huge boost in negotiations with the EU on the UK’s rich fishing waters.

8am update: EU blasted for ‘trying to recreate Common Fisheries Policy’ as stubborn Macron savaged

The European Union has been accused of trying to “recreate” the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) in post-Brexit trade talks with the UK.

Conservative MP David Jones warned Brussels will have to back down on its fishing demands and finally accept Britain is going to be an independent coastal state to reach a deal.

The former Brexit minister hit out at the EU for trying to “recreate” the CFP – which British fishermen say has decimated their livelihoods.

Mr Jones, who is deputy chair of the influential European Research Group (ERG) of Tory MPs, told Express.co.uk: “They are going to have to drop demands, for example, of full access to British fishing waters.”

7.45am update: ‘Rip it up!’ Boris Johnson MUST dump hated EU deal to save Brexit, says former MEP

Boris Johnson has been urged to “show some leadership” by tearing up the withdrawal agreement he signed last year by a Brexiteer who fears any trade deal the Prime Minister agrees with Brussels will compromise his pledge to “get Brexit done”.

John Tennant, a former Brexit Party MEP for North East England, said there can be no diversion of key sovereignty issues – and said he would be willing to re-enter the fray politically if there is any perception that the Government has caved in to Brussels.

Mr Tennant has told the story of the Brexit Party, whom he credits with preventing a second referendum, in his book Rebooting Brexit, published last week.

Like fellow Brexit Party MEP Anne Widdecombe and Mr Farage himself, Mr Tennant believes the only option is to dump the deal which Mr Johnson signed last November, given the compromises which Mr Johnson would need to make to get a trade deal over the line.

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