Britain is on course to leave the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) next year and become an independent coastal state – free to set its own tariffs and quotas on stocks. But the issue of access to each other’s waters after Brexit has proven to be a major hurdle in the current trade deal talks – with both sides refusing to move from their positions. Now UK Fisheries has outlined five key points UK negotiators must follow in order to protect the country’s fishing industry.
The group said: “UK negotiators must protect our distant-waters fishing fleet by guaranteeing our ability to continue operating in our traditional fishing grounds in the northern North Atlantic.
“Most of the fish we eat in the U.K. comes from the North Atlantic – not from UK waters.
“The UK’s distant waters fleet, led by UK Fisheries’ ice-class trawler Kirkella, supplies one in 12 portions of the fish and chips sold in our chippies, caught in the North Atlantic and landed in Hull.
“The UK runs a huge trade deficit with Iceland, Norway, the Faroes and Greenland.
“As a newly-independent coastal state, the UK has the ability and the duty to leverage access to its market with these nations for maintained or improved access to their waters.”
Brexit latest: Boris Johnson is under pressure from fishing groups not to compromise on its rights
Following the latest breakdown of talks in Brussels last week, fishing expert and CEO of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation Barrie Deas warned French fisherman could block UK ports if its fisherman have reduced access to UK waters.
He told Express.co.uk: “French fishermen have a long track record of blockading Channel ports when they’re upset about something.
“They’ve done it for much lesser reasons than the UK becoming an independent coastal state, renegotiation of quotas, even if there is access for French fishermen.
“I think it would be naive to expect they will be happy about this or do nothing about it. There’s a long history of those kinds of blockades.”
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Brexit latest: David Frost warned the trade talks have continued to highlight ‘significant differences’ between the two sides
11.45pm Finnish MEP claims Brexit could be the “beginning of the end” for the European Union
A Finnish MEP has claimed Brexit could be the “beginning of the end” for the European Union.
Laura Huhtasaari claimed Brussels is aware the EU27 would be more prosperous outside of the union.
She also suggested the EU is trying to make it “more difficult” to leave like the UK.
The politician told the Express: “Weber, who leads the European People’s Party, said that if the UK’s exit was to be successful and you would prosper and triumph…the EU is afraid of competition.
10.00pm update: EU is willing to accept UK requests for fishing opportunities to be divided
The EU is willing to accept UK requests that fishing opportunities be divided using a scientific method after Brexit, The Telegraph reports.
The method will reflect the number of fish in UK waters rather than use the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has hinted that Brussels could agree to the use of zonal attachment, an important British request in ongoing trade negotiations.
He said: “There will be no trade agreement with the UK if there is no balanced agreement on fisheries.”
9.45pm Resolution on UK fisheries reached?
The EU is willing to accept UK requests that fishing opportunities be divided using a scientific method post-Brexit, The Telegraph reports.
The scientific method will reflect the number of fish in UK waters rather than use the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has hinted that Brussels could agree to the use of zonal attachment, an important British request in ongoing trade negotiations.
8.15pm update: EU fishermen demand access to British fishing waters as talks loom
EU Fishermen have demanded access to British fishing waters despite the UK saying they are off-limits in current trade talks.
Emiel Brouckaert, head of the Belgian fisheries association, said that they have “always been in British waters.”
He stressed catches from British waters “brings 50 percent of our income”.
Currently, British catches are worth £36million a year for Belgian fisheries whilst French boats fetch £164 million a year from British areas, according to the Fishermen.
Mr Brouckaert added: “At the beginning of the century we still had 150 ships, now it’s 65.
“We hope that the European Parliament will remember us during the negotiations.
“In a ‘no deal’ we will also need financial support from Europe to find alternatives for our fishermen.”
Belgian fishermen are concerned about Brexit.
7.15pm update: Changes to UK courts after Brexit
The Government have launched a consultation on plans for UK courts to have the final say on legal disputes after Brexit.
Officials are asking the judiciary, lawyers and business to comment on the reforms which will decide which British courts have the power to depart from EU case law.
At present, only the UK Supreme Court and the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland will have this power from December 31.
But under proposals set out by the Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, more courts and judges in the country would be able to reconsider cases on matters like borders, taxes and fisheries and make the final decision.
The Government hopes this will allow cases to progress quicker.
6.15pm update: Angela Merkel will not help Britain secure a deal with Brussels
BRITAIN has been warned Angela Merkel may not be the missing piece in the Brexit puzzle, as many have hoped the German Chancellor would ensure a favourable deal is struck in the coming months.
The UK is currently embroiled in protracted talks with the EU as both sides attempt to thrash out a favourable post-Brexit trade deal.
As the two negotiating teams dispute what concessions should be made, many Brexiteers and MPs are hopeful Germany’s Angela Merkel would ensure the UK will receive a favourable deal – but this may no longer be the case.
A comment piece in regional German newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine claims such a view is a “misconception” and warns the country will not be the EU’s weak point.
Author Katrin Pribyl, the paper’s London correspondent, writes: “British Eurosceptics have high expectations of Germany of all countries…
“The Germans, so the myth that has persisted on the island for years, would end up making concessions to Great Britain out of self-interest and thus paving the way for a deal.”
But the journalist completely dismisses the idea and said: “Berlin as the EU’s Achilles heel?
The comment piece also warned that even though Germany has just taken on the rotating EU Council Presidency, Ms Merkel is unlikely to sway the talks in Britain’s favour.
Angela has said she will not help the UK secure a deal for Brussels.
5.15pm update: UK impose asset freezes and visa bans for the first time using post-Brexit powers
The government have imposed sanctions on 25 Russians, including its top investigator, and 20 Saudis today as part of post-Brexit measures foreign secretary Dominic Raab said were aimed at stopping the laundering of “blood money in this country”.
After leaving the European Union in January, Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to forge a new independent role for Britain in foreign and trade affairs, and this was the first time the government could impose asset freezes and visa bans independently.
Raab has pressed for a tough sanctions regime and set out the first names in parliament, including Russian nationals the government says were involved in the mistreatment and death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and Saudis held to be involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Speaking in the House of Commons, the foreign secretary, said: “If you’re a kleptocrat or an organised criminal, you will not be able to launder your blood money in this country.
“Today this government … sends a very clear message on behalf of the British people that those with blood on their hands, the thugs and despots, the henchmen and dictators, will not be free to waltz into this country to buy up property on the King’s Road, to do their Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge, or frankly to siphon dirty money through British banks or other financial institutions.”
4.15pm update: UK attempts to rejoin space race after losing access to EU Galileo programme because of Brexit
The Government has taken a major stake in the failed satellite company OneWeb, in a drive to develop a sovereign UK space capability.
Ministers hope it will compensate for the loss of access to the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation programme in the wake of Brexit.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said the UK and mobile operator Bharti are each investing £400 million, with Britain acquiring a “significant equity stake” in the company.
Officials said the deal would put the UK at the “cutting-edge of the latest advances in space technology”.
It will enable OneWeb – which has its headquarters in London – to complete the construction of a constellation of Low Earth orbit satellites providing enhanced broadband and other services to countries around the world.
The UK is part of a consortium with India’s Bharti Global which won a bidding war for the company, which went bankrupt earlier this year while trying to develop a space network to deliver broadband.
David Frost arriving at EU talks last week.
3.15pm update: Pro-Brexit group sparks fury after blaming “remainers” for the current state of Brexit negotiations
A Pro-Brexit group sparked a furious backlash on Twitter after blaming Remainers for issues concerning the UK’s exit from the EU.
The Leave Alliance (TLA) said “Remainers” were to blame for the deadlock in Brexit negotiations which could end with no deal in December.
The group argues that Britain made a “fundamental mistake” joining the EU in the 1970s.
On Twitter, the TLA said: “These days I’m heavily sceptical of #Brexit and the mess it will surely be, but we are where we are primarily because we had to fight for it three times.
“Voting in good faith in a referendum wasn’t enough. Remainers own this mess as much as the Tories.”
One person said in response: “How dare you, we said it was a mistake from day one, we said any Brexit is Remain minus, this is ALL on the promoters of Brexit whoever they are. #BrexitShambles.”
Another added: “Utter nonsense. Remainers fought against it because it was obviously going to be a disaster.”
But the group said in response: “Remainers had at least three windows of opportunity.
“They refused to compromise or respect the vote. Now suck up the consequences.”
2.14pm update: Brexit ‘beginning of the end’ for Brussels bloc warns eurosceptic Finnish MEP
EU officials could see the “beginning of the end” of the bloc should the British Government succeed in making a success of Brexit, Finnish MEP Laura Huhtasaari warned.
The EU has been warned member states could seek their independence should they see Britain “triumph” as an independent state after Brexit.
Finnish MEP Laura Huhtasaari claimed Brussels is aware the EU27 would be more prosperous outside of the union as she suggested the bloc is rushing to make it “more difficult” to leave like the UK.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Huhtasaari said: “Weber, who leads the European People’s Party, said that if the UK’s exit was to be successful and you would prosper and triumph…the EU is afraid of competition.
“It knows that the member states would do better without the federal state, they would do better as independent states in a free trade area.
“If Brexit is a success, it will be the beginning of the end of the EU.
“That’s why they are in a hurry, they really want to make it harder and harder to leave the EU, that’s why the corona package is being pushed very, very hard.”
Brexit latest: The EU has been warned ‘if Brexit is a success, it would be the beginning of the end’
1.25pm update: UK wants to use this week’s talks with EU to access progress
Britain would like to see if there is a chance for progress in trade talks with the EU after last week’s round of negotiations ended a day early with significant differences between the two sides.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “UK chief negotiator David Frost has set out that while the talks continue to be constructive there are still significant differences between us.
“It is a chance to have some further discussions to see what progress might be made.”
12.38pm update: City gripped by no deal Brexit fears and bracing for financial ‘regulatory warfare’
The City has been gripped by fears of a no deal Brexit and the possibility of chaos with access to EU markets after the latest collapse of talks with the UK on a trade deal.
Last week, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier accused the UK of trying “to keep as many single market benefits as it can” following Brexit.
He warned there is “no way member states or the European Parliament would accept” the UK’s bid for smooth access to European markets for London’s financial district.
Finance bosses are now bracing for “regulatory warfare” with Brussels as the clock ticks down to the end of the transition period in just under six-months’ time.
A failure to reach an agreement could see firms in the City lose access of European markets overnight and find themselves unable to serve their clients throughout the continent from London.
Brexit latest: The City’s fears over a no deal outcome are increasing
12.04pm update: Brexit talks NOT resuming in London today
The first technical-level meetings get underway tomorrow, Express.co.uk Brussels correspondent Joe Barnes has tweeted, as post-Brexit trade negotiations move to London.
An EU Commission spokesman said: “This is not a round of negotiations, per se, the next round is the week of July 20.”
11.20am update: Ireland’s Simon Coveney issues threat as EU talks break down
The country’s Foreign Minister has warned of the “damaging” consequences for the UK and Ireland if Britain is unable to agree to terms on a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU.
Mr Coveney told Sky News’ Adam Boulton that tariffs and quotas will have to be imposed as a result of a no trade deal Brexit.
He added that trade between the UK and the European Union will occur on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms if a deal is not agreed upon by the end of 2020.
10.42am update: Do you even WANT a deal? Irish EU trade chief savages UK over Brexit talks
The EU’s trade commissioner Phil Hogan has lashed out at the UK’s lack of “ambition” during post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union, warning that needs to quickly change if an agreement is going to be signed before the end of the transition period.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor programme with Damien O’Reilly, Ireland’s Mr Hogan claimed for the last few months, the EU has been trying to make progress with the UK on several issues, but without much success.
He still believes the two sides will strike a post-Brexit trade deal, but only if the UK really wants one and shows ambition to do so.
But the EU trade commissioner warned there is still frustration from Brussels the good faith being shown is not being replicated by British negotiators.
Brexit news: Phil Hogan lashed out at the UK’s lack of ‘ambition’ in trade talks with the EU
10.15am update: Pound plummets against euro as traders await trade deal progress
Sterling has slumped against the euro as traders keep a close eye on this month’s Brexit negotiations on a future trade deal between the UK and EU.
The pound was down by 0.4 percent this morning against the single currency at 90.43 pence and flat against the US dollar at $1.2485.
Sterling remains six percent weaker so far this year, but has recovered from lows in March, when it sank to $1.14 – its lowest since 1985.
Traders are expecting more clarity by the end of this month on whether Britain will agree a trade deal with the bloc, which it left on January 31.
9.54am update: Banks warn Britain and EU over financial chaos
The UK and EU have been warned to make progress on EU financial market access due the impacts the coronavirus pandemic will create, according to a bank lobby group.
The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) said that the Covid-19 pandemic will make it harder to cope with any potential disruption in the case that there is no agreement made between the EU and UK.
Britain is still in the transition period until the end of the year which means the country has full access to the trade bloc.
Any future direct EU access after the transition period is over will be decided by whether Brussels feels the UK regulation is “equivalent” to the standards set in the trade bloc.
The EU will not be able to use financial services in London without some agreed access.
In a statement, AFME said: “Covid-19 has the potential to disrupt Brexit planning including impacting client readiness, as well as potentially affecting the ability of firms to relocate staff to other jurisdictions.”
The group said that the negotiations need to ensure that EU investors can continue using clearing houses in London.
Brexit latest: Michel Barnier warned EU officials need to see an ‘equivalent engagement from the UK side’
9.20am update: Britain to introduce new powers to impose sanctions over rights
The UK will announce the first foreign nationals to face asset freezes and visa bans for alleged human rights abuses under a new post-Brexit sanctions scheme that follows the 2012 US Magnitsky Act.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has continued to press for a tough sanctions regime, and the first names will today be set out in parliament.
This will be followed by further sanctions over the coming months under a “UK-only regime” after Britain left the EU in January.
Mr Raab said in a statement: “From today, the UK will have new powers to stop those involved in serious human rights abuses and violations from entering the UK, channelling money through our banks and profiting from our economy.
“This is a clear example of how the UK will help to lead the world in standing up for human rights. We will not let those who seek to inflict pain and destroy the lives of innocent victims benefit from what the UK has to offer.”
8.35am update: Ireland Brexit trade chief lashes out at UK
The country’s EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan has said there is real “ambition” from the EU to reach a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, but does not see that same ambition from the British side.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Brendan O’Connor programme with Damien O’Reilly, he reiterated his belief that a deal between the two sides can be agreed if the UK wants one.
But he warned there is frustration on the EU side that the good faith on both sides is not happening.
Mr Hogan said: “I still believe there will be a deal. The ambition of that deal on the European Union side is real.
“I don’t see the same ambition at the moment on the UK’s side so, the ball is in the UK’s court, if they want a deal, there is a deal to be done.”
Brexit latest: The transition period ends on December 31, 2020
8.15am update: ‘They’re OUR waters’ Brexiteer Richard Tice demands EU back down on fishing in trade talks
Brexit Party Chairman Richard Tice has demanded the UK gets its way in the new post-Brexit fishing deal due to one key point.
During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Tice claimed the fact the fish reside in the UK’s waters mean the EU cannot expect to get the same treatment as when Britain was a member of the European Union.
The Brexit Party chairman reflected on the importance of the fishing industry to those who live and work on the coasts in addition to Brexiteers across the country.
He said: “To put in context, for every one job at sea there are seven of eight jobs onshore.
“These jobs happen and would be created in some of the most deprived areas and who need the greatest regeneration around our coast.
“It is a huge opportunity and we must not be tempted to give it away to secure a trade deal.
“These are separate issues, these are our waters and we must take back full control and maximise this Brexit opportunity.”
8am update: Brexit talks resume in London this week
The UK and EU will begin the latest round of talks on a post-Brexit trade deal in London this week after last week’s negotiations in Brussels were cut short by a deal, triggering fears of a no deal scenario.
The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost warned the trade talks have continued to highlight “significant differences” that remain on several elements of any future agreement.
Brussels counterpart Michel Barnier insisted the EU had engaged “constructively” during post-Brexit trade talks in Brussels, and warned officials need to see an “equivalent engagement from the UK side”.
Angela Merkel, who’s country Germany took over the rotating presidency of the European Council on July 1, also warned EU member states to “prepare for the case that an agreement is not reached”.