UK and EU agree new £333 million fishing deal
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The UK has wrestled control from Brussels and EU vessels now have to apply for licences for access to British waters. Having left the bloc’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) when the Brexit transition expired, the UK is now an independent coastal state and responsible for the management of its own territorial waters. The area comprises up to 12 nautical miles from the shores of Britain and the Exclusive Economic Zone, which stretches 200 nautical miles.
French politician Xavier Bertrand, who represents fishing communities in the Hauts-de-France region, has claimed hundreds of fishermen in France have been waiting since January 1 for licences.
As part of the post-Brexit trade deal negotiated by the Prime Minister, EU fishing quotas will be reduced by 25 percent over the next five years.
Last week, the first annual quotas for 70 fishing stocks were negotiated with the EU.
The new deal is estimated to be worth £27million more to the UK economy, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Now, Britons have hit out at France and the EU and called for a “complete ban” on French fishermen in British waters.
One Express.co.uk reader said: “Almost 70 trade agreements signed in less than six months.
Another added: “Countries around the world trust the British.
“They can see the EU was trying to stitch up the Brits on the NI deal and will do loads of trade deals with the UK.”
Someone else simply said: “Australia, True friends.
“Not like the EU backstabbers.”
A fourth reader said: “French, or for that matter, other countries poachers should not be allowed into the UK waters.
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“If they provide the paperwork then fine, we have an agreement, but no paperwork, no fishing. Simple.”
Someone else commented: “A complete ban on the French fishermen would help to conserve the fish in Britain’s waters.”
Another wrote: “Wait till the EU fishing quotas start tapering down to zero by 2025 and they have to re-negotiate.
“UK fishermen should start building up their fleets so that we can take the lion’s share.”
A sixth reader said the EU has supported this “illegal fishing” for years and complain they have no stocks in their waters.
They said: “So there are hundreds of French fishermen who have never recorded their activities in UK waters so have no history of having fished them so are not entitled to a licence?
“They should be fined and their boats burned.
“The EU has supported this illegal fishing for years and they wonder why they have no stocks in their waters?
“Imagine the uproar if it had been UK boats poaching.”
Another Express.co.uk reader added: “The country that is trying to punish us moan they cannot take our fish.
“They really should learn the art of diplomacy and give and take.”
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