The UK government has decided to withdraw from its “International fishing arrangement,” which lets other countries fish in its waters.
The UK government has announced that it will be withdrawing from its “International fishing” arrangement, which lets other countries fish in its waters. The arrangement had previously allowed Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France to send vessels within 6 to 12 miles of the UK coastline to fish there.
According to Michael Gove, this move will help the country take back its control of other countries’ fishing access. The Irish Agriculture minister, Michael Creed, said:
“Brexit poses very serious challenges to the seafood sector and this announcement will form part of the negotiations.” he said.
Comments On the Decision
Scotland has reportedly supported this move, saying that it was pressing for this move “for some time.”
Others have been against this move, including Richard Lochhead from the SNP, who said: “Michael Gove is doing his best to get maximum publicity out of the easy bit. But the difficult, complex bit is still to come [with] the Common Fisheries Policy.”
Mike Hookem, the UKIP fisheries spokesman, said: “Fishing communities across Britain voted to leave the EU to get back the rights to earn a living, support their communities and to stop the EU plundering our seas of fish that the UK could exploit economically,” he said.
He said this announcement is “no victory for the fishing community” and was just a “government attempt to use smoke and mirrors to placate British fishermen, while at the same time having the option of handing most our fishing rights to the EU”.
Tom West, a consultant at ClientEarth, an Environmental law company, said he thought the move was “an aggressive negotiating tactic.”
“As a country outside the EU we need to consider how we can best co-operate with our neighbors, rather than unilaterally withdrawing from all agreements in the hope that standing alone will make us better.” he said.