EU leaders back Barnier - get tough with UK on fisheries

European Union leaders agreed to intensify Brexit negotiation efforts with Britain in July during a virtual summit on Friday and reiterated the need to remain firm on the contentious issues of fisheries and the so-called level-playing field, according to Reuters, quoting an unnamed French official.

“No leader sought to review Michel Barnier’s mandate,” the French official said.

The fisheries issue is particularly important to French president Emmanuel Macron, who has promised his country's fisherman that they will retain access to the UK's fishing grounds.

Earlier this week UK minister Michael Gove strongly suggested that unless tangible progress on negotiations could be made by October, the chances of a no-deal Brexit being averted were slim.

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