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    SFF sets out red lines on CFP exit

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/sff-...es-on-cfp-exit

    Statements by environment secretary Michael Gove and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson and chancellor Philip Hammond on the need for the UK to leave the Common Fisheries Policy have been welcomed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

    Michael Gove and Ruth Davidson issued a joint statement to that effect, while Philip Hammond commented in a TV interview that he looks forward to the UK becoming an independent coastal state.

    ‘The challenge now is to turn aspiration into action. The government must reject out of hand the EU’s stated intention to deny the UK control of its own seas,’ said SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong.

    ‘Fishermen have been forced to give away too much of the fish in our waters for too long – these days are over.’

    He set out a series of industry red lines for negotiations concerning fisheries with the EU, commenting that allowing these to be crossed would be regarded by the industry as a betrayal on the scale of the decision by the Heath government in 1973 to sacrifice the fishing industry on entry to the EEC.

    The SFF’s red line are, an immediate exit from the CFP, ensuring EU does not have the right to grant access and set fishing opportunity and management rules within UK waters during the implementation period, for the UK to become a fully-functioning Coastal State from day one, with a nine-month bridge to align with the international fisheries negotiations calendar, and for preparation for discussions in the appropriate international negotiations over access to UK waters, but on UK terms.

    A further demand is for there to be no link to be made between access and trade, separating the issue of fishing access for EU vessels to UK waters and UK access to European markets.

    ‘There is no rationale for this, and existing agreements between the EU and Coastal States make no such link,’ Bertie Armstrong said.

    Source: SFF

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    EU Chief Jean Claude Juncker clinging on to Job in developing SCANDAL

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    Labour betrayal! MEPs SURRENDER and vote for EU access to UK fishing waters after Brexit

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/polit...ent-uk-fishing

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    The EU have confirmed that UK fishing is the price of post-Brexit trade deal, says Mike Hookem MEP

    http://www.ukip.org/the_eu_have_conf...ike_hookem_mep

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    Royal Navy will be bolstered to protect UK waters post-Brexit and stop EU trawler 'ARMADA'

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/polit...union-security

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    Support for fishing could be vital to UK government’s survival, warns NFFO

    http://fiskerforum.dk/en/news/b/supp...val-warns-nffo

    As the UK and the EU move towards a crucial stage in negotiations, an NFFO delegation has come away from a meeting with environment secretary Michael Gove, having reinforced its position that giving way to the EU aim keeping the UK within the CFP status quo, but with only a notional right to be consulted, would be wholly unacceptable.

    The NFFO delegation made the point that this would not only be unacceptable to the UK fishing industry, but also to the voting public and strategically important politicians. Because of the current parliamentary arithmetic, it is not at all clear that the Government would survive a deal that did not respect fishing, the NFFO states.

    ‘This was an important meeting at a pivotal time. It is clear that the Secretary of State and the Government as a whole, are strongly committed to the UK as an independent coastal state,’ NFFO Chairman Mike Cohen commented following the meeting.

    ‘That is the new legal position from March 2019 and it must not be undermined or devalued by concessions made as part of a deal on the transition period. The Secretary of State fully understands that, and his and our aim is to ensure that the Government as a whole stands firmly behind its stated position.’

    He added that Michael Gove reiterated his support for the UK as an independent coastal state and for a rebalancing of quota shares.

    ‘He entirely saw the dangers of tying fishing to a deal on trade and had support from those in cabinet who would oppose any deal that sacrificed fishing in a re-run of 1973, as the UK joined the EEC. A Brexit without a new deal on fishing would leave many wondering what Brexit was about. For a variety of reasons, fishing occupies a place at the very heart of the UK’s departure from the EU and will be a litmus test for success.’

    The Federation stressed that to give way on fishing in the transition period would be to invite a similar capitulation when discussions continue later in the year on the long term economic arrangements between the UK and the EU.

    Mike Cohen said that the Secretary of State agreed that the current arrangements are asymmetric, exploitative and to the UK’s profound disadvantage. He reaffirmed his commitment to ensure that the UK fishing was not again sold out and pointed to the Prime Minister’s recently stated strong position which reflected the views of the UK Government as a whole.

    Source: NFFO

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    EUFA welcomes draft guidelines on future trade agreement

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    The European Fisheries Alliance (EUFA) has welcomed the draft guidelines presented by European Council President Donald Tusk. The commitment by the European Union to maintaining current access to waters and resources and to conduct negotiations on fisheries in the context of a wider trade agreement is an important step towards a balanced and mutually beneficial post-Brexit agreement on fisheries.

    EUFA firmly believes that the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union in the area of fisheries should be based on the principles enshrined in the Common Fisheries Policy regarding mutual access to waters and allocation of fishing opportunities.

    ‘Current rules on access to waters and resources are at the heart of the Common Fisheries Policy and should be the foundation of our post-Brexit relationship,’ said EUFA chairman Gerard van Balsfoort.

    ‘We welcome that the European Union has acknowledged the importance of ensuring a direct link between the post-Brexit fisheries framework and the future EU-UK free trade agreement. By the very nature of their activity, the British and European sectors have historically been deeply intertwined. Recognising this fact is essential to ensure a post-Brexit deal on fisheries that will secure long-term economic prosperity for fishermen, businesses and coastal communities both in the United Kingdom and the European Union.’

    The European Fisheries Alliance is a coalition of European fishing fleets directly impacted by Brexit. For the time being, members include national organisations from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden. The alliance accounts for over 18,000 fishermen and 3500 vessels across the up and downstream industry, with an annual turnover €20.70 billion.

    Source: EUFA

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