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UK WILL END EXPLOITATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EU

UK WILL END EXPLOITATIVE RELATIONSHIP

UK will end exploitative relationship with the EU, says fishing chief. The chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations says the UK has been “trapped in an asymmetric and exploitative relationship with the EU on fisheries for 40 years and that is about to end.”

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said:

“The changed legal position at the end of the transition period is that EU and UK vessels no longer have automatic access to each other’s waters.

“Access will have to be negotiated as part of annual fisheries negotiations, along with appropriate quota shares.

“The EU fleets fish around six times much in UK waters as UK vessels fish in EU waters and to obtain access to UK waters in the future will have to agree to quota shares which more closely reflect the resources in UK waters.

“Understandably, Michel Barnier does not like this, but the fact is that the UK has been trapped in an asymmetric and exploitative relationship with the EU on fisheries for 40 years and that is about to end.”

Britain is set to finally leave the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and take back control of its territory.

The CFP is governed by the EU and sets out rules and quotas for fishing across the bloc.

Each member state including the UK, is only allowed to control an area of sea extending twelve miles out from their coastline, with the rest of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) shared.

A Government report in 2015 found EU vessels caught 683,000 tonnes of fish worth £484million in UK waters.

But UK boats only caught 111,000 tonnes worth £114million revenue in EU member states’ waters.

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