It’s well known that Michel Barnier is under pressure by coastal member states in the EU to achieve a comprehensive deal on fisheries, the EU still wants to be in charge in exchange for an FTA. This move by the EU is unprecedented and is entirely rejected by the UK. Since these demands on fisheries from the EU, the UK has released a draft deal document on fisheries.
The draft fisheries deal makes it very clear that Britain wants to be an independent state. Meaning the EU will no longer have control over Britains fishing waters.
The document states: “The UK proposal reflects the fact that, at the end of 2020, the UK will be an independent coastal state and will no longer be bound by the Common Fisheries Policy, and that the current arrangements on quota-sharing will end. In line with the UK’s commitment to the best available science, future fishing opportunities should be based on the principle of zonal attachment. The UK proposal is based on relevant international precedents, including the EU’s separate fisheries agreements with other coastal states. Through this agreement, and the annual negotiations it provides for, the UK would fulfil its obligations under UNCLOS to cooperate with the EU on the sustainable management of shared stocks.”
It’s clear from the above paragraph that the UK wants to be an independent coastal nation, without ties to the meddling EU. Britains position goes completely against the EU’s “Level Playing Field “stance meaning the U. K. would have to guarantee “equal rules on, among other things, social, environmental, tax, state aid, consumer protection and climate matters.”
The EU in a press release Said that: To maintain quota-free, tariff-free trade relations, the British government should pledge to update its rules on, for instance, competition, labour standards and environmental protection, in order to ensure “dynamic alignment” of EU-UK laws.
The UK trade negotiator last week come out with a scathing assessment on the third round negotiations. David said: “The major obstacle to this is the EU’s insistence on including a set of novel and unbalanced proposals on the so-called “level playing field” which would bind this country to EU law our standards, or determine our domestic legal regimes, in a way that is unprecedented in Free Trade Agreement and not envisaged in the Political Declaration. As soon as the EU recognises that we will not conclude an agreement on that basis, we will be able to make progress.”
On fisheries, David said: “Although we have had useful discussions on fisheries on the basis of our draft legal text, you continue to insist on fisheries arrangement and access to UK fishing waters in a way that is incompatible with our future status as an independent coastal state. We are fully committed to agreeing on fishing provisions in line with the Political Declaration, but we cannot agree with arrangements that our manifestly unbalanced and against the interests of the UK fishing industry.”
Mr Frost finishes saying: “It is hard to understand why the EU insists on an ideological approach which makes it more difficult to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.”
The UK is set to leave the EU and take back its waters on the 31 December 2020.