Withdrawal Agreement Fishing Rights

Under WTO rules, all fishing products exported to the EU would be subject to a tariff rate of 9.6%[135] and additional customs procedures and regular sanitary and plant health measures (SPS) which are currently excluded from external sounding controls. A retired Scottish boat captain, John Buchan, says these controls will have a greater impact on the market value of British lobsters than any tariff. “I have heard that premium products such as the highest quality Scottish hedrine will be marketed because of demand,” he told reporters and the Journal. “The problem is that it won`t be a quality of choice if he had to spend several days in a truck in Calais or in a customs warehouse waiting to be evacuated.” [136] Delays caused by SPS controls can be reinforced by limited capacity in France: the EU-designated border inspection post on the French side of the Channel, where such checks can be carried out, is not located in Calais, but in Dunkirk, 45 kilometres away,[137]:30 and open only a few hours a week. [138] British commercial fishermen were among the strongest proponents of Brexit before and after the 2016 referendum, when a majority of voters chose to leave the EU country. Many expressed their displeasure with the EU`s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which forced the UK to share its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with the fishing fleets of other Member States; Brexit supporters have argued that British fishermen should be able to catch at least most of the fish in this part of the country`s EEZ around the island of Britain and off the coast of Northern Ireland. During the UK`s accession to the European Union, a large proportion of the fish caught by British fishermen in the EEZ were exported to the European continent, leading many British processors, fish farmers and coastal fishermen (whose catch is mainly appreciated by consumers in France and Spain, but not in the United Kingdom) to pursue the current trade situation smoothly; In contrast, a large proportion of the fish consumed in the UK are caught outside British waters. EU fishermen, who have historically fished in British waters, intend to block imports of British fish and even all British imports if the UK restricts duties. Industry representatives from both sides fear that, in addition to the economic consequences of a trade war, this could lead to potentially deadly maritime and land violence. [4] [6] The eight WESTERN coastal states of the EU whose fleets participate in catches in British waters have requested that no trade agreement be concluded with the United Kingdom without a fishing agreement; conversely, the United Kingdom believes that there is no need to solve the problem first.