Brexit triumph! UK fisherman to DOUBLE catch after leaving EU in major industry boost

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BRITAIN’S fishermen are set to see a major boost to their hauls post-Brexit, under the UK Government’s new trade proposals.

The calls for doubled fishing catches has led to a deadlock in trade and fisheries talks between the two parties. The new demand from Boris Johnson’s Government comes as Brexit trade talks with the EU near their October deadline. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, previously told the bloc a deal with the UK looks “unlikely”

The new quota for fishermen in the UK would see vessel catch 50 percent of fish in British waters.

Currently, the UK retains 25 percent of fish in its waters, with the rest being caught by European vessels.

The EU’s common fisheries policy takes the largest share of fish stock for European boats

In the Celtic Sea, British boats are allowed to catch only 10 percent of the haddock quota, whereas French fishermen take 66 percent.

Other waters see similar quotas, with European boats in the Channel taking 91 percent of cod, and British boats in the North Sea taking only 4 percent of sole.

But Mr Barnier has urged the UK to reconsider the demand, as it would cut 31 percent of the EU fishing fleet.

Fishing policy has deadlocked talks between the UK and EU, with the new demand adding to the impasse.

Mr Barnier has also warned without a fisheries agreement, there will be no trade deal with the UK.

A Brussels’s source told the Times the UK’s demand for double the fishing haul from its waters will tank talks.

They said: “Barnier cannot budge on anything while this stays on the table. He would be crucified.”

David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator, has held firm and kept the demand as a red line policy.

After January 1, Britain will regain sovereignty of its waters and fish stocks, and intends to set new quota shares based on “zonal attachment”.

Mr Johnson’s spokesman spoke yesterday about the EU’s dismissal of the proposal.

He said: “The EU have refused to engage with our proposals . . . insisting that we must accept continuity with EU fisheries policy and disregarding the UK’s status as an independent coastal state.”



The EU has called, instead of the UK’s proposal, for “relative stability” and not much changer to fishing agreements.

Pierre Karleskind, French oceanographer and MEP chairs of the European parliament’s fisheries committee, savaged the proposals as unrealistic.

He added: “We just want an agreement in which we do not from one day to another destroy one third of the EU fishing fleet.”

But Barrie Deas, head of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, said in reply: “Another way of looking at this is that the EU fleets have had the benefit of that extra quota for 40 years.”

Brexit talks have also stalled over Mr Johnson’s refusal to sign on to any new state aid rules.

Mr Barnier warned he will not agree to any deal without an acceptable aid regime that prevents British businesses from having an advantage over European counterparts.

He also accused the UK of taking Irish and fishing communities hostage in trade talks, adding: “Since the start of these negotiations, the UK has refused to engage on credible guarantees for open and fair competition.

“Where the EU has shown openness to possible solutions, the UK has shunned our offers.”

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