Leading Minister Theresa May has reportedly vowed to break the 1964 London Convention and ban European fishing ships from waters 6 to 12 nautical miles from British shores.
The convention would allow a few European fishermen to catch in British waters even after Brexit, when the UK will no longer be part of the EU typical fisheries policy. A notice period of two years will be given to EU fishing groups.
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The end of the contract would see foreign vessels lose out significantly, as 58 percent of the fish caught in British waters is definitely taken by non-British fleets. In turn, British boats catch just 21 percent of their fish in European waters.
EU fishing groups have since threatened to bring in tariffs on British fish exports if accessibility is withdrawn for European boats.
An estimated 32 areas of British fishing waters are currently available to international nations to use under the convention, while the UK has fishing rights in five sections of foreign waters.
“ The London Convention must be denounced now to secure all access to our waters and obtain the strongest probable diplomatic hand, ” Fishing for Leave campaigners said earlier this month.
“ Failing in order to scrap this convention would allow the EU backdoor access to this narrow strip as the convention will still apply at the UK upon withdrawal. Fisheries will symbolize whether we’ ve ‘ taken back control of our borders’ and can therefore be the ‘ acid test’ of Brexit. ”
The sea fishing industry accounts for less than 1% of Britain’ s gross domestic product (GDP), but many coastal communities are still heavily reliant on the fishing business to survive.
Enforcing a foreign-free fishing area will be difficult in practice, however , as the British Navy is certainly unlikely to control fishing water remits.
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