Keir Starmer squirms as he’s grilled on ‘how many years’ EU can have access to UK waters

Brexit: Nick Ferrari grills Keir Starmer on fishing rights

The Labour Party leader repeatedly dodged the LBC’s host question regarding how many years he would be willing to let the European Union fish in the UK’s waters. The trading bloc is demanding ten years of access to British waters while the UK Government is currently offering two years. 

Sir Keir said: “We all want to get the deal over the line but we are up against the wire.

“The Prime Minister went to the country with one promise a year ago saying that he would get Brexit done, he now needs to deliver on it.

“Both sides need to keep negotiating and compromise so that we can get a deal and we need to see it in the next few days.”

The LBC host replied: “Where would you have been on the issue of fish?

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“They want 10 years to fish our waters, we have talked about two years.”

The Labour leader said: “We can reach an agreement.”

Mr Ferrari interjected: “What is though, six or five years, what would it be?”

Sir Keir responded: “I am not in the room but we would negotiate in good faith on behalf of our fishing industry.”

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Mr Ferrari said: “That is what the Conservative Government are doing.”

The Labour leader replied: “They are but they now need to get this deal over the line.

“On fish, it is very important that we are able to fish in our own waters, that means a lot, but most of that fish is then sold to Europe so we need both sides of this to work.”

The LBC host asked: “Would you have given them 10 years?”

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Sir Keir said: “If I was in the room we would have had the negotiated, I am not close to the details of it.”

Mr Ferrari added: “It is pretty simple, isn’t it?

“We want to give them two and they want ten years.”

The Labour MP responded: “We can find a way through this, I don’t think these talks are going to fall down on fish.”

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