Fishing data mix-up delayed Brexit deal announcement

EU officials scrambled to keep member states on side because their figures were inaccurate, sources suggested

Boris Johnson’s announcement of a post-Brexit trade and security deal was held up after a data mix-up in the final hours left the EU member states unsure how their fishing fleets would be affected.

Sources on both sides of the negotiations said the hitch was the result of the European commission and UK government having different understandings of the actual catches in British seas.

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