Rifts over fishing narrow in EU-UK talks

Differences in access to fish stocks between the EU and the UK have narrowed.
According to Brussels insiders, this is Tuesday (December 22nd).
Brexit is expected to be completed on December 31, when the UK leaves the EU internal market and customs union.
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This means that the current free trade agreements will expire.
Both sides fought for months to get a new deal on everything from trade to transportation to energy.
But fish stocks were a big reason the talks dragged on.
Sources said the EU is ready to cut the bloc's catch in UK waters by around 25% next year.
They also described this problem as just part of a much larger puzzle with other equally important factors.
These include the length of the transition period after December 31 and how the EU could retaliate if the UK cut its ships out of UK waters.
The sources said a deal might come off this week, next week, or not at all.
The final stage of the talks also comes as the EU and other countries have suspended most travel to and from the UK.
They are trying to stop a new strain of the virus from spreading from the UK.
However, the European Commission on Tuesday recommended ending travel bans imposed by EU countries so that cargo and critical trips can resume and people can return home.
Video transcript
- The differences between the EU and the UK in terms of access to fish stocks have narrowed. According to Brussels insiders, this is Tuesday. Brexit is expected to be completed on December 31, when the UK leaves the EU internal market and customs union. This means that the current free trade agreements will expire. Both sides fought for months to get a new deal on everything from trade to transportation to energy. But fish stocks were a big reason the talks dragged on.
Sources said the EU is ready to cut the bloc's catch in UK waters by around 25% next year. They also described that the problem is only part of a much larger puzzle with other equally important factors. These include the length of the transition period after December 31 and how the EU could retaliate if the UK cut its ships out of UK waters. The sources said a deal might come off this week, next week, or not at all.
The final stage of the talks also comes as the EU and other countries have suspended most travel to and from the UK. They are trying to stop a new strain of the virus from spreading from the UK. However, the European Commission on Tuesday recommended ending travel bans imposed by EU countries so that cargo and critical trips can resume and people can return home.

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