Withdrawal Agreement Fisheries

The negotiation of the fisheries agreement will be linked to the negotiation of a global trade agreement with the United Kingdom. Adherence to these 10 proposed principles will ensure a solid foundation for sustainable and successful fishing in Europe after Brexit. In implementing these principles, the EU, the United Kingdom and other coastal states involved in the North-East Atlantic fisheries should formally lay the foundations for future cooperation on fisheries management through conventions, agreements and memoranda of understanding. These equitable resource management arrangements, including those for transition, are binding and reflect each Party`s interest in a common fishery, with a focus on sustainability. The ongoing negotiations on a common fisheries management framework provide an opportunity for both sides to meet their sustainability commitments and show that they have learned from the good and poor management of global fisheries. Moving forward towards the sustainable management of these common fish stocks, many of which are still overexploited, will lead to more productive fisheries, more jobs and better resilience of ecosystems to climate change and other threats. A source close to the negotiations said: “There will be no deal if the EU does not recognise the reality. We will only continue to speak if it is in motion or if we think it makes sense. But the EU wants access for its boats, saying that reaching a “fair deal” on fisheries is a precondition for a free trade agreement (an agreement without tariffs or taxes on goods in between).

In addition to the complex and controversial issues surrounding Parliament`s approval of the Withdrawal Agreement, much still depends on the upcoming negotiations. The legal status of the United Kingdom has changed and its influence in the fisheries negotiations has changed radically, but if this new status is not used to remedy the glaring distortions of quota shares, fishermen will wonder what all this was for. English Channel fishermen, struggling with a 9% share of the cod quota (compared to 84% in France), legitimately expect this to be resolved – and quickly. This is only the most extreme of many examples where the UK has been systematically disadvantaged by the CFP for 40 years. But the agreement (or concordat), which governs the relationship between the UK`s four national fisheries administrations, explicitly states that vessels are free to move between them if they really change their home port. And the basics of change registration can be done in a matter of days by boats from anywhere in the UK. With the official withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union in January 2020, the transition period provided for in the WITHDRAWAL Agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom1 has begun for both sides to negotiate their future relationship. The end of the transition period, initially scheduled for 31 December 2020, will lead to unprecedented changes in fisheries management in European waters, in particular in the plans for the joint management of fish stocks exploited in the North-East Atlantic.

When the transitional provisions for fisheries expire, some of the richest fishing areas managed under the EU`s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) will instead be managed by the UK as they are in the country`s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). .

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