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    Fisherman: 'Our coastal communities have disappeared'

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-519...ve-disappeared

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    The coronavirus crisis has exposed the truth about the EU: it's not a real union

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...nancial-rescue

    Think Brexit happened just in the nick of time

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    EU fisheries row: How bloc crippled country with illegal fishing – ‘We’ll have none left!'

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/12...eft-canada-spt

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    European Union continues to demand access to UK waters

    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp...-to-uk-waters/

    Michel Barnier has learned that the British can play post-Brexit hardball

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics...exit-hardball/

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    No progress on fisheries, says Barnier

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    With just eight months remaining of the transition period, the UK has yet to put forward a legal text concerning fisheries, according to Michel Barnier. Image: EU Commission

    In a statement following the second round of negotiations concerning the EU’s future relationship with the United Kingdom, chief negotiator Michel Barnier has stated that no progress has been made on fisheries.

    ‘On this essential topic, the UK has not put forward a legal text,’ he said.

    ‘We have made no tangible progress despite the Political Declaration stating that we should make our best endeavours to reach an agreement by July. This is necessary to provide sufficient clarity for EU and UK fishermen, and also for all businesses linked to fisheries.’

    He added that the EU will not agree to any future economic partnership that does not include a balanced, sustainable and long-term solution on fisheries.
‘That should be crystal clear to the UK,’ Michel Barnier said, commenting that in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent turmoil, the deadlines remain in place.

    ‘In recent days, the UK government has made clear that it would refuse any extension of the transition period,’ he said.

    ‘We take note of this choice. My recommendation is therefore that we work hard until June and think carefully about our joint response to this question of extension, taking into account the economic situation and the consequences of our decisions. Right now though, the consequence of the United Kingdom’s decision is that the clock is ticking.’

    A high level conference is due to be held in June to take stock of progress in negotiations, and M Barnier warned that between now and then are only two rounds of negotiations remaining; in the weeks of 11th May and of 1st June.

    ‘We must use these two rounds to make real, tangible progress across all areas,’ he said.
    ‘With just eight months to go before the end of the transition period, it is urgent to take the necessary measures for the correct implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement.’

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    UK/EU fishing plan on table 'in weeks' - but only if Barnier concedes ground to Britain

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    UK warns EU it might be prepared to pull plug on trade talks over continuing impasse over fishing rights

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/...ts/?ref=twtrec

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    Stalemate prospect on fisheries

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    A CFP-type arrangement would be politically unsellable in the UK, according to the NFFO

    Responding to Michel Barnier’s comments a few days ago that no progress has been made on fisheries issues in the withdrawal negotiations, the NFFO states that this is hardly a surprise considering the vast gulf between the two sides’ positions.

    ‘The EU’s negotiating mandate is to retain the status quo on access rights and quota shares – and to hold the UK as close as possible to the provisions of the Common Fisheries Policy. As the current arrangements under the CFP are asymmetric, there is zero prospect of UK agreement to the status quo,’ an NFFO spokesman commented.

    ‘After two days of talks the major issues remain unresolved. There can probably be high-level agreement on a commitment to the principles of fishing sustainably and using science to inform management decisions, but unless there is movement on the EU side on the other issues, it is unlikely that an agreement will be reached in June, or even later this year.’

    According to the NFFO, the EU’s nuclear option of withholding a free trade agreement unless the UK caves in on fisheries would hurt the UK, while also inflicting extensive collateral damage on the EU member states – at the same time handing the UK what it wants on fisheries.

    The EU has already published a draft legal text, reflecting something close to the status quo that it would like to use as the basis for negotiations. The UK has not submitted a legal text but has made clear its objectives.

    These include an agreement which leaves intact the UK’s sovereignty to act as an independent coastal state, providing regulatory autonomy over the fisheries within its exclusive economic zone like any other coastal state, co-operation on the management of shared stocks, annual fisheries agreements as the principal vehicle for managing shared stocks, quota shares that more closely reflect a scientific assessment of the resources located in UK waters, mutual access for EU and UK waters where this is mutually beneficial, and an exclusive 12-mile zone.

    ‘If this list looks familiar, it may be because it is pretty close to the EU’s current fisheries agreement with Norway. Two more rounds of negotiations are anticipated on 11th May and 1st June. At that point progress will be assessed across all the UK/EU negotiations and a judgement will be taken on whether to carry on,’ the NFFO’s spokesman commented.

    ‘At present, the EU negotiating mandate does not allow for any flexibility, and so it looks like a no-deal is the most likely outcome. On fisheries, the UK will then prepare to enter the cycle of autumn negotiate with Norway, the EU, and the other countries with which it shares stocks, in the absence of a UK-EU framework fisheries agreement. This is not ideal, but it is better than the alternative: agreement to terms that would tie the UK back into a CFP-type arrangement. That would be politically unsellable in the UK.’

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