EU “gives in” to UK on fishing rights as Brexit talks intensify

EU Brexit negotiators are said to have conceded a key British demand on fishing rights.

Brussels is reported to have given up on a “red line” UK insistence that catches are calculated on attached zones.

Zonal attachment is a system that works out a share of the catch based on which waters hold fish.

Under the proposed new deal British fishermen will have a larger take of the catch.

A key part of the Brexit campaign was for the UK to “take back control” of its waters.

It became a major obstacle during the oft tense negotiations for the UK to leave the EU by the end of the year with a deal.

Although fishing is a tiny part of the UK and EU economies it has become a symbolic fight between Britain and France.

French trawlers are dependent on catching fish in British waters.

A British Government spokesman said:

“We’re not commenting on ongoing negotiations, but our position on fisheries has been clear from the start.

“We are asking for a simple, separate fisheries framework agreement which reflects our rights under international law, and which provides for annual negotiations over access and sharing opportunities based on the scientific principle of zonal attachment.”


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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