At the start of February, the EU instructed British fishermen they confronted being indefinitely banned from exporting stay mussels, oysters, clams, cockles and scallops from UK waters as a result of it’s now a third nation. The EU defines a third nation as: “A country that is not a member of the European Union as well as a country or territory whose citizens do not enjoy the European Union right to free movement.” Countries which don’t meet the EU’s standards have to purify their catch domestically before exporting.
The process adds significant costs and delays, and is particularly impacting fishermen in Wales and the south west of England.
The UK is now apparently considering ending a series of post-Brexit continuity agreements it has with Brussels in retaliation, which could restrict imports of European mineral water and seed potatoes.
A Downing Street source said: “There is thought being given to where we can leverage in other areas.
“We have continuity arrangements… we can stop these which means they won’t be able to sell their produce here.”
Planning for retaliatory strikes reportedly got here after the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety refused to satisfy Environment Secretary George Eustice to try to resolve the shellfish ban.
As tensions are set to rise, unearthed studies reveal how Norway and the EU have additionally had severe disagreements over fishing up to now.
In 2017, a dispute was underneath growth over fishing rights on snow crabs within the space across the Arctic archipelago.
The Norwegian Coast Guard arrested the Latvian crabber “Senator” on suspicion of unlawful catch of snow crabs on the Norwegian shelf within the Svalbard fishery safety zone.
EU authorities had granted 16 vessels permission to have interaction in snow crab fishing within the Svalbard waters.
Norway’s former fisheries minister Per Sandberg instructed VG: “This is about the Norwegian continental shelf, an area which is under Norwegian sovereignty.
“If there will be extra ships within the space, they will be arrested.”
The minister confirmed the two sides would have sat down for talks on how to find a compromise.
At the same time, he stressed: “We will not give them a single crab.”
Mr Sandberg also confirmed his plans to head directly to London for talks over fisheries after Brexit.
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He said: “Brexit will result in extra negotiation companions.
“England and Norway will be the two big ones, while the EU becomes smaller.”
In October final year, the UK and Norway inked a new fisheries settlement – the primary the previous made since leaving the European Union.
Signed by Mr Eustice and Norwegian Fisheries Minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, the brand new Fisheries Framework Agreement, outlined the rules of how the 2 nations will cooperate on fisheries points after the tip of the transition interval.
From 2021, they will maintain annual negotiations on the problems of entry to waters and quotas.
The Government mentioned the settlement demonstrated the shared will of the 2 nations to cooperate as impartial coastal states and to hunt efficient and sustainable administration of their fisheries.
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Mr Eustice mentioned: “I am delighted that a Framework Fisheries Agreement with Norway has been successfully secured. The agreement is testament to our commitment to acting as a cooperative independent coastal state, seeking to ensure a sustainable and a prosperous future for the whole of the UK fishing industry.
“I pay tribute to our Norwegian counterparts for the constructive approach they adopted throughout these negotiations, and we look forward to working with them closely in the coming years.”
In earlier years, bilateral negotiations with Norway had been led by the European Commission on behalf of the UK and different member states.
Norway is not an EU member state.
However, it’s related to the Union by way of its membership of the European Economic Area (EEA).