Norway shuts down UK and stops issuing fishing licenses to UK fishermen | Politics | New
Talks with Norway to end an agreement collapsed in April, with no prospect of a deal before 2022. Norwegian Fisheries Minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen said licenses for British vessels had ceased to be issued until a new agreement is reached between London and Oslo.
He also announced that Norway had set its own mackerel quota at 298,299 tonnes for 2021.
In the absence of an agreement with the United Kingdom, Norway can set its own quotas and tariffs.
In a statement today, Mr Ingebrigtsen said he “regretted” that it had not been possible to secure a deal for mackerel or fishing quotas.
In a statement, he added: “On the Norwegian side, we will continue to work for an agreement that encompasses all coastal states.
“Negotiations on the management of the mackerel stock from 2022 are expected to resume in the fall.”
Norwegian fisheries chiefs have said a hard line is being taken by the UK in the fisheries negotiations.
Audun Maråk, director of the Fiskebåt industry association, also claimed that the UK was trying “to send the Brexit bill to Norway and Norwegian fishermen” by taking a hard line.
Express.co.uk understands that Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis told MPs at a recent meeting that there would be “no negotiations for the rest of the year”.
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Ms Hardy added: ‘As the UK embarked on its journey to its new identity as an independent coastal state, the country was promised a sea of opportunity that turned out to be nothing more than a stagnant pond. “
In response, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We have always been clear that we will only make deals if they are balanced and in the best interests of the sector. British fisheries, unlike previous European agreements which were very unbalanced, and not in the general interest of the United Kingdom.
“We have presented a fair offer to Norway on access to UK waters and the exchange of fishing quotas.
“Although they did not agree to this, Norway continues to be a key partner and we will continue to work with them during the year.”