View: Latest Distant Fishing Scorecard10 May 2021
Lack of fisheries deals with Norway, Greenland, Faroes will scupper the fleet
Since Brexit, the UK has failed to deliver a single access agreement with our coastal neighbours. The Government’s Scorecard is getting worse. Kirkella is tied up, and our crews have no work. The UK must make these deals if we are to save distant-waters fishing in the north-east of England.
Right now we have no access agreements with our coastal neighbours, Norway, Greenland, Iceland and the Faroes, yet we’re offering trading partners like Norway tariff-free access to our valuable market for fisheries products, and getting nothing in return – and it is our crews and our industry that are suffering. See our Government Scorecard here.
It doesn’t have to be like this. We’re not asking the government for cash, just clear direction from policymakers to our negotiators that they must make these deals and be ready to impose tariffs for on fisheries products if we don’t get fisheries access. If they don’t, we will lose this vital, centuries-old industry forever, along with opportunities for massive inward investment that could mean a brilliant future for our industry in the North-East of England.
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