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Boris Johnson Makes A Major Win Over EU’s Right To Fish In UK Waters

“During the fourth round of negotiations, we continued to make our views on fishing clear. At the end of the year, we will be an independent coastal state and any agreement we reach with the EU must reflect that.

The UK prepares to enjoy the benefit from its waters as it hopes to secure huge increases in fishing opportunities for domestic vessels as the Ursula von der Leyen and European Union prepares to drop fight over access to fishing in the country’s waters.

European Commission chief has told the UK Prime Minister that she recognised the UK’s new status as an independent coastal state after the end of the post-Brexit transition period.

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She also acknowledged that European boats do not have a legal right to fish in British territory. Boris Johnson has always said the UK must take back its control over its fishing territories after December 31.

Although Number 10 is ready to reconsider giving access to its closest partners based on annual negotiations over the shared quotas. However, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has been advised to consider the UK’s proposal for fishing stocks to be shared using a zonal attachment method.

According to a UK Government spokesperson: “During the fourth round of negotiations, we continued to make our views on fishing clear. At the end of the year, we will be an independent coastal state and any agreement we reach with the EU must reflect that.

“We remain willing to work hard to reach a separate fisheries framework agreement with the EU as envisaged by the Political Declaration.

“The EU has maintained its position which seeks to tie a fisheries framework agreement to the wider FTA and maintain the status quo on access provisions and quota sharing. This is incompatible with our future status as an independent coastal state.

“We cannot agree with arrangements that are manifestly unbalanced and against the interests of the UK fishing industry.”

“We remain willing to work hard to reach a separate fisheries framework agreement with the EU as envisaged by the Political Declaration.

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“The EU has maintained its position which seeks to tie a fisheries framework agreement to the wider FTA and maintain the status quo on access provisions and quota sharing. This is incompatible with our future status as an independent coastal state.

“We cannot agree with arrangements that are manifestly unbalanced and against the interests of the UK fishing industry.”

Under the current Common Fisheries Policy, EU boat catches five times more catch about five times the value of fish from UK waters than their British counterparts catch from European waters.

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