Uk Fisheries Agreement

The deal is the third for Britain after Brexit, as it wants to retain access to fishing in the North Atlantic. Greenland and the United Kingdom say they will continue to cooperate to develop fishing in the North Atlantic, as the United Kingdom is no longer bound by the European Union`s common fisheries rules, which are due to take place at the end of the year. Supporters of Brexit see it as a symbol of sovereignty now recovered. The UK says any new fisheries agreement must be based on the understanding that “UK fishing grounds are first and foremost for British vessels”. In March 2018, David Davis, then Brexit minister, and Michel Barnier, the EU`s chief Brexit negotiator, announced that Britain and the EU had agreed on a Brexit transition agreement. This would be a period of twenty-one months during which Britain would have officially left the EU and could start trade negotiations with other countries, but would still abide by all EU rules and regulations. One of the most important concessions made by the UK in the transition agreement was fisheries, as the UK would continue to respect common EU fisheries rules until the end of the transition period in at least December 2020. During that period, the United Kingdom would be consulted on changes to the regulations and fishing quotas, but would have no say in or influence over changes or supplements to the rules. When Brexit began at the end of the month in 2020, it was almost certain due to the dominant majority held by the pro-Brexit Conservative Party in the House of Commons. However, in the Fisheries Act, which was passed in Parliament at the end of January 2020, the government passed legislation empowering the UK to leave EU legislation and fisheries rules and act as an independent coastal state.

The bill removed the automatic right of EU vessels to fish in UK waters (although a future agreement may allow them to give them back limited access) and provides that fishing in UK waters must take place within sustainable limits. Environment Minister Theresa Villiers said the UK was leaving the “flawed” Common Fisheries Policy and that the Fisheries Act was “taking back control of our waters” and allowing the UK to “create a sustainable and profitable fishing industry for our coastal communities while ensuring the long-term health of British fisheries”.