As part of their ‘contingency plan’ in the event of no-deal being reached, Brussels has asked for continued access to UK fishing waters for one year.
Taking back control of UK waters is a key benefit of Brexit. Currently, the EU takes six times more fish from British waters as we do from theirs. Taking back control of its waters would allow the UK to realise the true value of its fishing industry.
More dither and delay from Brussels who seem to want to cherry pick in their contingency plans and retain access to our territorial fishing waters for yet another year. Tell 'em where to go, Boris!— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) December 10, 2020
Downing Street has shown no intent to accept the EU’s demands to continue the status quo.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said:
“I think as we’ve said throughout the negotiations, once we leave the end of the transition period, we will take back control of our waters.
“We would never accept arrangements and access to UK fishing waters which are incompatible with our status as an independent coastal state.”