UK will be an independent coastal state at the end of 2020 document reveals



Last week UK trade negotiator David Frost led a 100 strong team to Brussels to try and see if a free trade deal could be struck between the EU and U.K.. Whilst Mr Frost met with Michel Barnier EU trade negotiator for 4 day, it’s was adamantly clear that there is a lot of distance between both trade negotiation stances. This distance between the two entities was made clear, when both sides released their red lines documents prior to the first round of negotiations .

The two U.K. and EU trade negotiators

The most contentious area of these negotiations is fisheries. As you can see from the EU and U.K. negotiation statements below, both sides are miles apart from one another. The EU want continuation of the EU common fisheries policy on access to U.K. waters and keeping the same Quotas. They also demand joint jurisdiction on U.K. waters, this means that if the U.K. change any rules on fisheries the EU has to agree to the terms first and even can reject it. This goes completely against the UKs position where in essence the U.K. want to be in sole control of its fishing waters stating any agreement “reflects the fact that the UK will be an independent coastal state at the end of 2020.“

With the two defining statements being oceans apart, the french fishermen are very nervous as they know the waters will be in U.K.s hands and it will be for the U.K. to grant access to its waters through a paid permit system.

One french fishermen said… “If it happens, it will be the death of this job for the French. Because if we can’t fish in British waters anymore, it’s not worth it,” one of the fishermen, Emmanuel Pauchet said. (euronews)

Another french fishermen said… “European regulation is more and more strict, more and more absurd. Because these regulations don’t make any sense. We are sick and tired of it. The British were fed up, but here in France we are as well,” Leprêtre remarked. (euronews)

On the other side of the Chanel the U.K. fishermen said “Don’t give into their baseless threats on blocking ports… we need to stand our ground.”

Last week Mr George Eustice who is minister over looking fisheries stated.. we will be an independent state and it’s for the EU to adhere to U.K. rules. We will not be ruled by an external body. 

Which ever way you come in on this negotiation, it’s clear to see sparks will fly and heated words will be said buts it’s also clear the U.K. will not be for budging saying the EU must respect the fact that U.K. water will be in the jurisdiction of the U.K. as an independent costal state.

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Here’s the EUs full stance and negotiating statement on fisheries.
The envisaged partnership should include, in its economic part, provisions on fisheries setting out a framework for the management of shared fish stocks, as well as the conditions on access to waters and resources. It should secure continued responsible fisheries that ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable exploitation of marine biological resources, in line with the relevant principles under international and Union law, notably those underpinning the Common Fisheries Policy as laid down in Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013. The provisions on fisheries should be underpinned by effective management and supervision, and dispute settlement and enforcement arrangements, including appropriate remedies. 🇪🇺
The provisions on fisheries should encompass cooperation on the development of measures for the sustainable exploitation and conservation of resources, including avoiding wasteful practises such as discarding. Such measures should be non- discriminatory and follow a science-based approach aligned to the objective of achieving maximum sustainable yield for concerned stocks. The envisaged partnership should include provisions for collaboration in data collection and research. 🇪🇺
Besides the cooperation on conservation, management and regulation, the objective of the provisions on fisheries should be to uphold Union fishing activities. In particular, it should aim to avoid economic dislocation for Union fishermen that have traditionally fished in the United Kingdom waters. 🇪🇺
To reach this objective, the provisions on fisheries should build on existing reciprocal access conditions, quota shares and the traditional activity of the Union fleet, and therefore: 🇪🇺
provide for continued reciprocal access, for all relevant species, by Union and United Kingdom vessels to the waters of the Union and the United Kingdom; 🇪🇺
define stable quota shares, which can only be adjusted with the consent of both Parties; 🇪🇺
include modalities for transfers and exchanges of quotas and for the setting of annual or multi-annual total allowable catches (or effort limitations) on the basis of long-term management strategies; 🇪🇺
organise the modalities for obtaining fishing authorisations and the provisions that ensure equality of treatment and compliance, including joint control and inspection activities. 🇪🇺
The terms on access to waters and quota shares shall guide the conditions set out in regard of other aspects of the economic part of the envisaged partnership, in particular of access conditions under the free trade area as provided for in Point B of Section 2 of this Part. 🇪🇺
The provisions on fisheries should be established by 1 July 2020, in order for it to be in place in time to be used for determining fishing opportunities for the first year after the transition period. 🇪🇺

Here’s the UNITED KINGDOMS stance…🇬🇧
🇬🇧Agreement on Fisheries🇬🇧
The UK is ready to consider an agreement on fisheries that reflects the fact that the UK will be an independent coastal state at the end of 2020. It should provide a framework for our future relationship on matters relating to fisheries with the EU. This would be in line with precedent for EU fisheries agreements with other independent coastal states. Trade in fisheries products should be covered by the CFTA. Overall, the framework agreement on fisheries should provide a clear basis for an on-going relationship with the EU, akin to the EU’s relationship with other coastal states, one that respects the UK’s status as an independent coastal state and the associated rights and obligations that come with this.🇬🇧
Any such framework agreement on fisheries should cover access to fish in UK and EU waters, fishing opportunities and future cooperation on fisheries management, as follows.🇬🇧
It should set out the scope and process for annual negotiations on access to the parties’ exclusive economic zones and fishing opportunities (total allowable catch and shares).🇬🇧
Fishingopportunitiesshouldbenegotiatedannuallybasedonthebestavailable science for shared stocks provided by the International Council for Exploration of the Seas (ICES). The UK will no longer accept the ‘relative stability’ mechanism for sharing fishing quotas, which is outdated, based on historical fishing activity from the 1970s. This means that future fishing opportunities should be based on the principle of zonal attachment, which better reflects where the fish live, and is the basis for the EU’s fisheries agreement with Norway.🇬🇧
Any EU vessels granted access to fish in UK waters in annual negotiations would be required to comply with UK rules and would be subject to licensing requirements including reporting obligations. New fisheries management measures will be notified in good time.🇬🇧
The UK is committed to acting as a responsible coastal state and to working closely with the EU and its Member States and other coastal states on the sustainable management of shared stocks in line with our international obligations. The UK is, therefore, open to providing, in the agreement on fisheries, for the creation of a forum for cooperation on wider fisheries matters outside of annual negotiations. This could include cooperation on matters to support🇬🇧

The Future Relationship with the EU | The UK’s Approach to Negotiations🇬🇧
responsible fisheries management, such as data-sharing, science and control and enforcement.🇬🇧
It should include provisions for sharing vessel monitoring data and information to deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. If annual negotiations provide for access to fish in UK waters, then additional data-sharing would be required for control and enforcement. As part of an agreement on fisheries, the parties could agree to designate additional ports under the rules of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) to ensure each other’s vessels are able to land in those ports.🇬🇧
It should include arrangements for dispute settlement along the lines common to other fisheries agreements, including provision for the suspension of the agreement on fisheries if necessary.🇬🇧
The UK will be negotiating separate fisheries framework agreements with other independent coastal states, notably Norway.🇬🇧
The UK Government recognises the interests of the devolved administrations in this area and is committed to working with them in the consideration of any agreement.🇬🇧
As you can see both sides are miles apart from one another. The EU want continuation of the EU common fisheries policy on access to U.K. waters and keeping the same Quotas. They also demand joint jurisdiction on U.K. waters this means that if the U.K. change any rules on fisheries the EU can reject it. 🇬🇧


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