How will Brexit af­fect fish­ing?

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – Re­mark­ably lit­tle has ap­peared in the me­dia to show where our fish­ing in­dus­try is head­ing with Brexit, while Michael Gove’s stance is also far from clear.

The think­ing ap­pears to be that if we deny EU coun­tries ac­cess to our wa­ters, they will stick us with large tar­iffs on fish ex­ports to Europe. It is far from clear what WTO rules say about tar­iff lim­its on fish and if we could make ex­ports pay within them af­ter a hard Brexit ... but if they need our fish...

We have heard noth­ing from Liam Fox or Mr Gove about al­ter­na­tive mar­kets world­wide although we al­ready know Nor­way has tar­iffs loaded on to its salmon ex­ports into the EU. Of course, along with Nor­way, we con­trol most of the North Sea fish­eries and it might seem to­gether, along with al­ter­na­tive mar­kets, the EU would have to stop play­ing hard­ball. We prob­a­bly have to look at al­low­ing EU tran­si­tional ac­cess to Bri­tish wa­ters – but with a quota which will re­duce as and when Bri­tish boats and pro­ces­sors re­quire more for home in­dus­try needs.

Sam Coull, Len­drum Ter­race,

Bod­dam, Peter­head

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