“Tonight, the Prime Minister spoke to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen about the state of the negotiations between Great Britain and the EU.
The Prime Minister stressed that the negotiations were now in a serious situation. The time was very short and it now seemed very likely that an agreement would not be reached if the EU’s position did not change significantly.
“He said we made every effort to meet reasonable EU requirements on an equal footing, but while the gap had narrowed, some fundamental areas remained difficult.
Regarding fisheries, he stressed that the UK could not accept a situation in which it was the only sovereign country in the world unable to control access to its own waters for an extended period of time and faced fishing quotas was having its own severely disadvantaged industry. The EU’s position in this area was simply not sensible and if there was to be an agreement it would have to be postponed significantly.
“The Prime Minister reiterated that there was little time left. He said if an agreement could not be reached, the UK and the EU would split up as friends, with the UK trading with the EU on Australian terms.
“The leaders agreed to keep in close contact.”