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Brexit Talks Are Stuck on Fish, a Red Line for France’s Macron

  • French president’s stance on fisheries could hamper agreement
  • EU insists U.K. must back down irrespective of Macron’s role
Emmanuel Macron on Oct. 2,
Emmanuel Macron on Oct. 2, Photographer: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron holds the key to the U.K. getting a trade deal with the European Union. So far he’s keeping it in his pocket.

The French president is standing firm on his demand to keep the same access to British waters his country’s fishing industry enjoys today, according to officials familiar with the talks. That’s angering the British and creating tensions even among his allies within the EU.