Brexit Fishing Agreement

Irish fisheries authorities have also expressed concern that limited access to UK waters could lead EU vessels into their territory and threaten vulnerable stocks in ecologically sensitive areas. Raab told the BBC`s Andrew Marr that the two sides should be able to reach an agreement on fisheries, given the progress made by negotiators on other issues. Fishing is equally important for several EU coastal states, in particular access to UK waters. Under European regulations, European vessels were able to make 60% of their landings in seas around the UK. UK fleets are struggling to comply with EU rules that they have applied for more than 40 years. The two sides also have differing views on the method of future calculation of quotas. Government officials say the compromise is a sign that the EU will give in to further UK fisheries demands next week in London. The EU`s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, arrived in London on Friday ahead of the talks. The concession would significantly increase the amount of fish caught by British vessels in British waters and allow London to claim victory in its goal of regaining control of the country`s fishing industry. The national quotas are then distributed on the basis of historical data dating back to the 1970s, when the British fishing industry says it made a bad deal.

After some progress on competition guarantees, including state aid rules, the most serious problem remains: Mr Johnson has insisted on regaining control of his waters, while the EU wants access to fishing waters. EU officials have responded to allegations by the Telegraph that Brussels negotiators have responded to a long-standing British request that future fishing opportunities be calculated on the basis of the zonal commitment. Meanwhile, reports indicate that Frost`s colleague Michel Barnier has explored the limits of compromises between EU coastal states for which fishing is important: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. A number of member states, including France, whose President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly stressed the importance of protecting Europe`s coastal communities, told Barnier that they would rather resume negotiations in 2021 than reach a sub-optimal agreement. Time is running out, soon national leaders will have to commit themselves and fisheries will remain one of the most difficult problems that negotiators will have to solve. The idea of a downward phase period for European fishing fleets had already been circulated, but details have only been announced in recent days, with the UK government now appearing determined to break Brexit-related traffic jams. It should be remembered, however, that fishing in the UK (less than 0.1%) and in the EU (some landlocked countries have no fishing fleet) represents only a tiny fraction of the overall economy. EU ambassadors also asked Barnier not to let fishing become the last topic on the table, fearing pressure at the last moment, which allows the UK to flee with a deal that is detrimental to the European fishing industry. “It`s not just a word – there are practical consequences. These include controlling our borders; decide for oneself on a sound and principled subsidy control system; and the control of our fishing waters. However, British fishing chiefs have warned the government against any sale. Barrie Deas, the head of the National Federation of Fisheries Organisations, said: “What we would not accept is the task of fishing rights to have a trade agreement.” In the Uk fishing industry, the UK should not give in on fisheries.

Where appropriate, commitments to the sector are now stronger than at the beginning of the negotiations. We have received clear and unequivocal commitments. The UK has come out in favour of an annual quota deal with the EU – rejected by Brussels – as in the recent deal it struck with Norway. But Britain`s chief negotiator Lord Frost said the UK was now ready to compromise on his request and was instead proposing multi-year deals.



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