Johnson has mentioned it’s ‘very, very likely’ the talks will fail, and Britain will revert to WTO phrases.
Britain on Saturday readied armed Royal Navy ships to patrol its fishing waters if tempers flare after a “no-deal” Brexit as a make-or-break deadline approached for talks with the European Union.
Four 80-metre vessels have been positioned on standby to guard British waters from EU trawlers in case the 2 sides resolve to abandon efforts to safe a free-trade settlement on Sunday.
The growth is a part of elevated contingency planning on each side of the Channel, and evokes recollections of the “Cod Wars” with Iceland over fishing rights within the North Atlantic within the 1960s and 70s.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has mentioned it’s “very, very likely” the talks will fail, and Britain will revert to World Trade Organization (WTO) phrases with its largest single buying and selling accomplice.
European leaders have additionally been informed the possibilities of a deal are slim with each side at loggerheads over guidelines to govern honest competitors and fishing rights in British territorial waters.
Deal or no deal, Britain will depart the EU single market and customs union on the night of December 31, greater than 4 years after a landmark referendum on membership of the bloc.
Hardline Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs have sought assurances from Mr. Johnson that the Navy must be deployed to protect British waters.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed it has carried out “extensive planning and preparation” for a spread of post-Brexit eventualities from January 1, and has 14,000 personnel on standby to assist with the transition.
The 4 boats can be a part of a “robust enforcement measures”.