Speaking to The Guardian, a British source close to the negotiations said: “With the budget now over, we hope that the Member States will become more involved in this process in Brussels and will make them advance politically in a useful way”.
Both sides ended their last round of talks in London on Thursday.
However, Thursday warned that an agreement later this year appeared “unlikely” given the British position on fishing and Brussels’ demands for a “level playing field”.
He warned the ambassadors that he believed that the negotiations should be closed in early October due to the long ratification process.
It is understood that some of the eight Member States with the greatest interest in access to fishing have reiterated in the room of ambassadors that they would not have agreed on an agreement without an agreement on fishing.
Last week’s talks on access to fishing focused on quota sharing agreements and the list of stocks for which quotas need to be agreed.
Barnier said that the UK was effectively excluding European fleets from key fish stocks in a move that risked destroying the block’s fishing industry.
The EU calls for a “forward-looking” mechanism to ensure that there is no regulatory undercutting in the future should the EU develop its regulation further.