Brexit: Brussels and London reach preliminary agreement on fisheries

Brexit: Brussels and London reach preliminary agreement on fisheries

The agreement in principle, which sets fishing limits for jointly managed resources for 2021, and in deep-sea species, through to the end of 2022, was concluded in a phone call this afternoon between the Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginius Sinkevikos, and the British Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, according to a statement issued by the European Executive.

The agreement guarantees in principle fishing rights for both the EU and UK fleets, in both EU and UK waters, until the end of 2021, and sets Total Allowable Catch (TAC) to 75 combined stocks for 2021, plus some deep-water stocks for two years. 2021 and 2022.

It also provides an explanation of the access limits for species that are not subject to quotas.

The signing of the agreement, scheduled in the next few days, will allow the two parties to exchange shares.

“Today we have reached an agreement with the UK on fishing opportunities under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. This agreement provides predictability and continuity for our fleets by defining final TACs for the rest of the year,” the Commissioner said.

The United Kingdom left the European Union on February 1, 2020.

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