Brexit Fishing Row: Scottish fisheries ‘collapse’ as fishermen warn of ‘disaster’ | UK | New
Fishermen on both sides of the Channel are struggling to adjust to post-Brexit conditions as bureaucracy hits businesses. Last month, French fishermen threatened to block trucks carrying fish from British waters to Europe’s largest seafood processing center in the northern town of Boulogne-sur-Mer. A sign from a protester read: “Do you want to keep your waters ??? OK … So keep your fish !!! “
Meanwhile, in the UK, many fishermen lament the Brexit trade deal as their businesses struggle to sell in Europe.
This was particularly evident in Scotland, where people warned that the fishing industry was ‘collapsing’.
The burden of bureaucracy has led to a backlog of seafood that cannot cross the border in time to be sold in markets in France and beyond.
With limited access to their main customers, Scottish fishermen have been faced with an overabundance of perishable goods, with many warning their industry to ‘collapse’.
In February, the Scotland Food and Drink trade body said: ‘Dozens of trucks loaded with fish have not left Scotland on time since the full Brexit regulations came into effect on January 1 of this year. .
“Confusion over paperwork, additional documentation needed, and IT issues all contributed to delays and delays.”
Santiago Buesa, director of SB Fish, told Reuters news agency: “Our customers are stepping down.
“We are a fresh product and customers expect it to be fresh, so they don’t buy. It’s a disaster.”
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Britain was forced by Brexit to renegotiate its access deal with Oslo, which was previously guaranteed by an EU-Norway deal as part of the Commons fisheries policy.
The failure of talks on Thursday means British vessels are barred from fishing in Norwegian subarctic waters in 2021.
The UK has entered into a trade deal with the EU, resulting in changes to the fishing quotas enjoyed by European vessels in UK waters.
The agreement ensures that 25 percent of the fishing rights of EU vessels in UK waters will be transferred to the UK fleet over a period of five years.
After that, annual negotiations will decide how the catch will be shared between the UK and the EU, and Britain would have the right to exclude boats from the EU completely after 2026.