On 15 April, EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the next seven-year EU budget should offer a basis for European economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
For this reason Britain would refuse to extend the Brexit transition period beyond 31 December 2020 even if Brussels requested a delay.
According to a source in the know, paying into an EU budget inflated by the fallout from the Corona-virus pandemic was “clearly not in the national interest.
It’s clear the EU will be increasing their budget, and bringing in all kinds of packages to deal with the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis.
For the British government to agree to pay in to the EU’s Covid-19 budget would be political suicide”, says ex-member of the European Parliament Nick Griffin.
On 14 April the Financial Times reported that some in the EU were concerned that unless the fishing issue is hammered out to satisfy both sides, it might derail the chances of a Brexit trade deal being agreed upon by July.
Brussels seeks to preserve as many of its existing rights as possible for over 70 types of fish in EU-UK waters, writes the Financial Times, while London would hope to scrap the existing model for dividing up quotas.
Lack of specific progress on securing access for European boats to UK waters is an issue potentially threatening to undermine existing timelines, making Brexit another failure for the politicians in London.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Fishing News 2020.