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EU warns Brexit deal is dead unless there are fishing rights

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson unless there is a fisheries deal on the table, Brussels will walk away from all negotiations.

Barnier has said there must be an agreement by October at the latest.

The Frenchman told the European Policy Centre think-tank, “The real moment of truth will be in October, we will have to be ready to put a draft deal to the European Parliament and European Council if we want it ratified by the end of the year.”

He has promised to find a “compromise” when the next round of talks resumes next week. Barnier said, “I have enough trust to find a margin of flexibility.”

He added, “If the UK sticks to its position there will be no discussion on fisheries and no discussion on trade.

“We are open to find compromise.”

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