The European Commission’s chief Brexit negotiator revealed he wanted to “cooperate” with the UK on a number of issues including defence, foreign affairs and fisheries.
The controversial Common Fisheries Policy, which the UK is currently signed up to, gives fishing fleets from EU member states equal access to European waters.
The policy is intended to create fair competition and promote sustainable fishing, though EU-imposed quotas result in British fishermen having to discard parts of their catch – some of which are already dead – after they reach their limit.
The system has also come under fire for allowing EU boats to fish in UK waters, then sell their catch back to Britain.
And he warned a future “ambitious partnership” with the UK would only be possible if common ground can be reached on issues such as state aid and social and environmental standards.
Speaking alongside Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of Belgium, yesterday, the Frenchman praised the progress made on key Brexit divorce issues in December.
However he criticised the UK Government for “closing the doors” for some future cooperation by refusing to recognise the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
Michel Barnier outlined his post-Brexit cooperation hopes yesterday