This is the question that annoys and prevents a post-Brexit agreement: the access of the countries of the European Union to British waters, very rich in fish. From January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom wants to regain control of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), shared so far with European fishermen. France, for example, achieves 30% of its catches there. “All summer, we spend our time with the English”, assures a French fisherman.
This concern is shared by Dutch fishermen, who carry out 60% of their activity in British waters. Several proposals have been made to break the deadlock. The latest: the payment by Europeans of 20% of the total value of their catch to the British over a period of seven years. An insufficient measure for the United Kingdom which claims 60% over three years.
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