PUBLISHED: 00:00, Thu, Sep 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 00:05, Thu, Sep 17, 2020
Barrie Deas, CEO of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisation (NFFO, dismantled a proposed climbdown from Brussels as he warned the Channel Islands are Crown Dependencies with a “unique legal status” and will not form part of a compromised fishing arrangement. Britain is set to leave the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and take back control of its coastline after the Brexit transition period on December 31.
Brussels has so far refused to agree to a free trade deal unless the EU is granted access to British waters, and it is understood Brussels has put forward the idea of installing different fishing rights around the Channel Islands, including Jersey and Guernsey.
The proposal would most likely give EU fishermen less access to the territories than it currently has under the CFP, but more than if the UK had sole control.
The CEO of the NFFO, which represents fishermen in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has insisted Boris Johnson will not cave in to the idea.
Mr Deas told Express.co.uk: “The Channel Islands are one of the Crown Dependencies and already have a unique legal status.
Michel Barnier has been warned over a fishing compromise (Image: GETTY)
Britain is set to leave the Common Fisheries Policy (Image: GETTY)
“But I don’t think that they will be sacrificed either or that sacrificing them would solve the differences between the UK and the EU on fisheries, which are fundamentally about access and quota shares.”
The Channel Islands have a unique status and are not part of the UK but are self-governing dependencies of the Crown.
The Islands have their own directly elected legislative assemblies, administrative, fiscal and legal systems.
However, the Westminster-based UK Government is responsible for the defence and international relations of the Islands.