French threaten blockades if Britain doesn’t give them unfettered access and same quotas.

David Frost, the UK trade negotiator, is pushing ahead with his instructions from Boris Johnson in becoming an independent coastal nation once again. This comes as the EU pushes forward with the narrative of fear, using the fear of disruption as their way to crowbar unfettered access into UK sovereign fishing waters, keeping the status quo on access and quotas.

Mr Frost rejects the idea of keeping to the status quo, our stance on fisheries as a coastal nation, is sticking to the principle of “Zonal attachment “, based on where fish are found, rather than “historical patterns” as used by the EU, in their common fisheries policy.

The Nation Federation of Fisherman’s organisation has put out warnings of backlashes from French trawlers, who have profited for decades from open access into British waters. In contrast, the UK fishing fleet has been decimated.
With the French benefiting from 84% quota of cod in English waters, with the UK only having 9%, is it any wonder why the EU is so desperate to keep this access?.
Same is said In the Celtic Sea, as France has a 66 percent quota compared to the UK’s measly 10 percent, the organisation’s chief executive added.
NFFO chief Barrie Deas said the angry response from French boats would be the “nature of the beast” they are dealing with.
Mr Deas added “Given there is a line down the middle of the Channel, you could expect zonal attachment to be something a little bit more equal.
“If there is any change to those quota shares or any other aspect that affects French fishermen, as day follows night there will be blockades – they’ve done it for much less in the past.”
As the fourth round of Brexit talks kicks off today, the EU chief negotiator threatens to keep to his redlines unless Britain compromises on fisheries.
The French man wants Mr Frost to move away from Britains demands for “zonal attachment” and meet Barnier on a middle ground in return for a Norway-style agreement on fisheries.
A UK spokesman said: “On fisheries, the Political Declaration sets out that a separate agreement should be in force in July, ahead of the other contracts, but the EU continues to push for one single overarching agreement.
“We are fully committed to agreeing fishing provisions in line with the Political Declaration, but the EU continues to insist on access to UK fishing waters in a way that is incompatible with our future status as an independent coastal state.
“We will not agree to arrangements that are unbalanced and against the interests of the UK fishing industry.”

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