View: Win or lose in fishing talks?

07 September 2020

How confidently the UK government uses its negotiating levers to regain and expand its distant fisheries assets in return for trade will be the key factor in determining the outcome of the talks.

If we fail and lose our distant fishing industry, the irony of the government’s aspiration that the UK should become a proudly independent coastal state won't be lost on the voters of the ‘red wall’ in the coastal North-East of England. 

These are two different courses that HMG could chart for the future of the UK distant fishing fleet:

Key fishing facts

  1. The fish we eat in the UK comes from distant waters – not from UK waters.
  2. The UK’s distant waters fleet operates in those distant waters.
  3. The UK has a huge trade deficit with the Nordic coastal fishing nations. 
  4. As a newly-independent coastal state, the UK can leverage its market with these nations for continued or better access to their waters.
  5. EU-UK issues are important, but not at the expense of the Nordic fisheries deals.



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Kirkella on the Humber
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Kirkella Great British Fish & Chips event at Greenwich
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Kirkella drone footage
Kirkella drone footage
The Kirkella Naming celebration lunch at the Cutty Sark Museum
The Fish Fryers free fish & chip event at Cutty Sark Gardens for 2,500 locals
The City of Hull Brass Band at Cutty Sark Gardens
Sir Barney White-Spunner, Chairman of the Advisory Board, UK Fisheries, at the Kirkella Naming celebration dinner at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Kirkella sailing upstream through Tower Bridge
Kirkella sailing downstream through Tower Bridge
HRH The Princess Royal with Graham Barney, Factory Manager, Kirkella
HRH The Princess Royal with Charlie Waddy, First Mate, on the bridge of Kirkella
HRH The Princess Royal unveiling a model of Kirkella presented by UK Fisheries to the National Maritime Museum
HRH The Princess Royal Naming Kirkella at Greenwich
HRH The Princess Royal meeting Stig Maersk, Musical Director, and players in the City of Hull Brass Band
HRH The Princess Royal making her address at the Kirkella Naming Ceremony in Greenwich
2,500 local people in Greenwich enjoying free Kirkella-caught cod & chips
Sir Barney White-Spunner, Chairman of the Advisory Board, UK Fisheries Ltd
UK Fisheries infographic
Kirkella poster
Cutaway illustration of Kirkella
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