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Fisheries bill amendments on sustainable quotas and banning of supertrawlers defeated.
Absurd though it may seem, as the formal Brexit process reaches its endgame, fisheries might yet be the issue that determines whether the negotiations succeed or fail.
The UK’s fishing industry has accused the EU of using a “nuclear option” to secure a Brexit deal, warning that it is prepared for blockades by the French if trade talks collapse.
Chief negotiator Michel Barnier warns of "serious difficulties" and accuses Britain of failing to engage on subjects laid out in the withdrawal agreement.
EU negotiator expresses frustrations at UK refusal to discuss key issues of transition. / Michel Barnier has suggested the UK is running down the clock in talks over the future trade and security relationship with the EU.
This small sector has been promised benefits that will not materialise.
There is "a lot of uncertainty" about the UK's capacity to patrol fishing waters after a no-deal Brexit, a government memo mistakenly emailed to the BBC has revealed.
Lack of legal rights clarity and the practical capacity to stand up to defiant European vessels risks inciting ‘serious violence’.
Europe has long struggled with overfishing. The EU has set itself the target of fishing within scientifically advised limits by 2020. Now that the UK is set to leave the EU, their fishing regulations are less certain.
The decline of British fishing drove coastal support for leaving the EU, but many of the industry’s problems have an origin closer to home.
Fishers have wholeheartedly supported leaving the EU, believing that it and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) have been the cause of the difficulties that their industry has experienced in the last four decades, difficulties that many continue to suffer.
"Hard facts rarely support the argument, common in the domestic fishing industry, that leaving the EU will somehow liberate the seas around the UK for the exclusive use of English and Scots vessels."