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Desperate France demands access deal to British waters or there ‘won’t be any fishing’

THE French fishing minister wants compromise over access to British waters after the UK cuts ties with Brussels, as he is terrified there “won’t be any fishing” otherwise.

As part of the divorce from the EU, the UK is to withdraw from an agreement allowing vessels from Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands to fish within six miles of Britain’s coast.Many fishermen in the UK voted to leave the in the 2016 referendum in order to reclaim British waters.

French fishing minister Stephane Travert said: “We have to defend access to waters for artisanal and coastal fishing, without that there won’t be any fishing.”

Fishermen GETTY        France wants access to UK waters for fishing post-Brexit


We have to defend access to waters for artisanal and coastal fishing, without that there won’t be any fishing

Stephane Travert

Mr Travert said France and the EU need to “reach agreements” with Britain for when it leaves the bloc.He wants to maintain good bilateral relations with London to ensure everyone comes out on top from the situation.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, chief executive of The National Federation of Fisherman’s Organisation, Barrie Deas, said: “I can understand why the French minister is saying this, he has got fishermen who are dependent on UK waters, but it has no legal basis.


“The EU’s fishing fleets take four times more in value out of UK waters than we take out of EU waters, there needs to be some rebalancing in the quota share.”Mr Travert has said that the UK does not know whether it is vying for a hard or a soft Brexit and when it does, he wants to have a discussion about the “space for compromise”.

He said: “Today we are only at the beginning of the Brexit process.

“Let us take advantage of the time we have before us to find together the means to reach agreements that will allow our French fishermen to continue to have access to British waters.”


On a blog post on his website after the UK’s decision to leave the EU was announced, Mr Travert, described the news as an “earthquake”.He said: “It is both anger and disappointment that I gain from this result.

“The Leave campaign based on lies sometimes and a good dose of populism and simplistic arguments that do not lead to reflection and awaken primary instincts of withdrawal.”

In June, the UK triggered a two-year withdrawal period from the London Fisheries Convention, in order to meet a key Brexit pledge.Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced British fishermen will have the exclusive rights to a 12-mile zone around the coastline under post-Brexit plans to “take back control of our fishing policy” as it exits the London Fisheries Convention.

Mr Travert has visited fishing communities in France to discuss the consequences of Brexit for the industry.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/831387/Brexit-updates-France-fishing-UK-British-waters-Michael-Gove-Stephane-Travert

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Margeret Robinson
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yes peter. It appears they need us to dispose of their nuclear waste, fishing grounds, financial backup, trade, intelligence, and military i expect they will find a lot more in the woodwork as the negotiations progress

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