The full consequences and implications of Brexit for the fishing
sector are not yet fully known. The only certainty: access for EU fishers to
British waters has been reduced, affecting the turnover of certain fleets.
Certainly, despite some tensions, the terms of the trade and cooperation
agreement are generally respected. These transitional rules run until June 2026
but, in light of these first months of implementation, it is already clear that
many questions remain unanswered.
This is why, in a resolution debated today and adopted tomorrow,
the European Parliament, meeting in plenary session in Strasbourg, urges the
European Commission to deepen its reflection on the future of European fishing
in the Channel, North Sea, Irish Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Renew Europe, which
took an active part in the elaboration of this resolution, favours good
neighbourly relations with the United Kingdom, while being intransigent on the
level of protection of the interests of EU fishers.
First of all, Renew Europe demands that a quick solution be
finally found for the issue of licenses refused to vessels historically present
in British waters. Then guarantee that there will be no further reduction in
quotas after the end of the transitional period provided for in the trade and
cooperation agreement. Finally, ensure that the creation of marine protected
areas should only be designated in a transparent and non-discriminatory way and
that the British side cannot use it as a tool to prevent EU fishers from
accessing its waters.
Jan HUITEMA (VVD,
Netherlands), Renew Europe's shadow rapporteur for this file in the
Parliamentary Committee on Fisheries (PECH), said:
"The EU should adopt a constructive
but firm position in the negotiations with the United Kingdom and the other
countries bordering the North-East Atlantic. It is in our common interest to
ensure the proper management of our waters, while at all times defending the
interests of our European fishers”.