Ireland says middle ground needs to be found on fishing in Brexit talks

FILE PHOTO: Irish FM Coveney and his German counterpart Maas attend news conference in Berlin
FILE PHOTO: Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney and his German counterpart Heiko Maas (not pictured) attend a news conference in Berlin, Germany, December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Pool

December 21, 2020

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday that both sides in the Brexit trade talks need to deal with the “tricky area of fishing” to help conclude the negotiations.

“The EU offer over the weekend was a very generous one, and countries like France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, and Ireland are very unlikely to make a further offer,” the minister told RTE Radio in response to a question about the EU’s position regarding EU fleet catches in British waters.

(Reporting by Graham Fahy; Editing by Hugh Lawson)