Following the UK’s exit from the EU at the end of this month, Brussels will have 11 months to try to come to an agreement with the UK or risk losing out on the key waters. Within those 11 months, the two parties will try to establish a trade agreement before the transition period ends before the turn of the year.
Such is the tight timetable to come to an agreement that some from the continent are fearful of a hard Brexit which could hinder their fishing trade.
Commenting on the current situation, chairman of the German deep-sea fishing association, Uwe Richter, warned of there being no agreement between the UK and EU.
He told the German Press Agency: “If the fisheries agreement is not ratified by the end of 2020, we can no longer drive to British waters.
“We see the great danger that a hard Brexit can still occur.”
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If no agreement is reached between the UK and EU, Germany could lose out on its supply of North Sea herring which Mr Richter confirmed was approximately “40,000 tonnes”.
The German deep-sea fleet employs an estimated 330 seaman on seven fishing and processing ships which would be affected by a failure to ratify a fisheries agreement.
Mr Richter did confirm however, the framework for an agreement should be available by July 1.
The deadline for extending the transition period must be agreed before that date.
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However, in conjunction with his previous statements on the transition period, Mr Johnson included a piece of legislation in his withdrawal