Former Europe Advisor to Theresa May, Raoul Ruparel, told LBC that it will be challenging for the UK and the EU to strike a trade deal that will suit both sides as the post-Brexit transition deadline gets closer. He said the UK Government are hoping the European will make concessions on fishing in particular during future trade talks.
Mr Ruparel said: “I think there is a sense for number 10 that they have made some moves on the issues of state aid and subsidies in the past few weeks.
“They were hoping that would lead to the EU making moves on fishing in particular.
“Instead the EU response has been ok that is good but you need to do more concessions and then at the very end we might make some concessions.
“We have been there before, it is something we have seen throughout these negotiations.
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“Whenever the EU sees the UK making a move they try and extract more rather than moving in kind.
“I think there is a frustration at those tactics and strategy and that is partly behind the approach we have seen in the last few days.”
On Friday, Mr Johnson told the UK to prepare for an Australia-style trade agreement with the European Union.
He said: “They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is obviously unacceptable to an independent country.
“Of course we are willing to discuss the practicalities with our friends where a lot of progress has already been made, by the way, on such issues as social security, and aviation, nuclear cooperation and so on.
“But for whatever reason it is clear from the summit that after 45 years of membership they are not willing – unless there is some fundamental change of approach – to offer this country the same terms as Canada.
“So with high hearts and complete confidence we will prepare to embrace the alternative.
“And we will prosper mightily as an independent free trading nation, controlling our own borders, our fisheries, and setting our own laws.”