If the UK was to sign up to a status quo deal on fisheries, meaning the UK gives multiple nations from the EU open access to its fish-rich waters, it is clear it will come at an “enormous cost” to Britain and its coastal communities.
Barrie Deas, the CEO of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, explained that many EU nations would be left “vulnerable” without a pre-arranged deal on fisheries which the EU wants to be included in the trade deal to lock out any changes to any agreement which is agreed on fisheries.
Speaking to the Express Newspaper,’ Mr Deas said: “No coastal state accepts that within a trade deal yet another nation ought to have free access to its natural resources.”
“That’s just not an accepted norm. A trade deal is where both sides will benefit from eliminating tariffs as far as possible, along with having frictionless trade.”
“We all know we are not going to maintain the single market, so it’s not going to be as it was before.”
“However there are big advantages on both sides to have a trade deal and enormous costs on either side if there’s no trade deal.”
“Some member countries are extremely vulnerable, and fisheries are an individual thing.”
“The EU is making a deal on fisheries contingent on a deal trade, but the UK doesn’t accept that linkage, and neither do I think that it should.”
Mr Deas disclosed that France takes 84% of the quota for cod in the English Channel whereas the UK is granted just nine per cent.
He clarified that the extortionate quotas need to be phased out in a Brexit trade deal between the united kingdom and EU.
The bloc wishes to see the status quo preserved for fishing access and quotas, but the UK Government wants Britain to have controls of its waters.
Mr Deas explained: “EU boats have automatic access to this resource-rich UK waters.”
“That’s what underpins all, the deal from the 1970s.”
“You have situations like, in Channel Cod, the united kingdom share of the quota is nine percent.”
“Celtic Sea haddock at which the UK share is 10%, and the French share is 66%.”
“It is those sorts of extortions the fishing industry needs to iron out.”
The last few negotiation talks in Brussels and London have finished in deadlock. Barnier has said on numerous occasions; a trade deal will only happen if an agreement on the level playing field and fisheries is completed first.
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