BRUSSELS (AP) — Deep into a crucial weekend of negotiations, a breakthrough on fishing rights remained elusive for European Union and Britain.
That is leaving both sides without a trade agreement that would dull the edge of a chaotic, costly economic break on New Year's Day.
With hundreds of thousands of jobs at stake, the tiny sector of fisheries continued to drive a wedge between the 27-nation bloc and departed Britain, highlighting the animosity that had driven both to a Brexit divorce.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said Sunday the EU is "continuing to make demands that are incompatible with our independence. We cannot accept a deal that doesn't leave us in control of our own laws or waters."