It’s being reported that EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is to hold meetings with the heads of the most influential fishing nations in the EU bloc. This is in an attempt to see if there can be any wriggle room from those nations on their fishing redlines.
For months negotiations have been bogged down with EU redlines on fisheries. Lord Frost has said on numerous occasions that the EU needs to respect Britain sovereignty, and that includes our sovereign waters. France, along with other EU nations, continue to push for unrestricted access into Britain’s fish-rich waters. These EU nations also want same quotas even though the waters are being returned to Britain.
One thing which is disappointing and has come to light is that the government have offered the EU a three year transition period on fisheries. The government states that this would see British fishermen’s quotas Increase year on year to nearly double to what they get currently. The government are saying this is so both sides can work out an arrangement on access into Britain’s waters.
What’re your thoughts on this? Should there be a three-year transition on fisheries? With this news coming to light are our fishermen being sold out again?