No-deal Brexit should not lead to sudden destabilization of fishing activities - Minister
European Union – Fisheries: in Helsinki, Didier Guillaume and European ministers reiterate the EU’s firmness about managing the consequences of a no-deal Brexit in a concerted, mutually-supportive way – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Paris, 23 September 2019
At the EU agriculture ministers’ meeting in Helsinki, Didier Guillaume talked to the German, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Belgian, Irish and Spanish ministers, also in charge of fisheries, about how much is at stake for these member states’ fisheries and seafood marketing and processing sectors in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
In this context, he was keen to reaffirm that the French government is convinced of the importance of a common approach and of close consultation at European level as regards fisheries management, as the results of 40 years of the Common Fisheries Policy have shown.
While welcoming the preparation work carried out with the European Commission, Didier Guillaume reiterated that a possible no-deal withdrawal should not result in a sudden, unjustified destabilization of fishing activities, for all the states concerned.
With this in mind, he deems very positive the European Commission’s proposal to amend the regulation on the sustainable management of external fishing fleets, which extends the possibility, in the case of these contingency measures, of maintaining our and British vessels’ reciprocal access to both parties’ waters until 31 December 2020.
It reflects our concern to create, if necessary, after a no-deal withdrawal, the right conditions for beginning discussions on the relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Ministers will exercise the utmost vigilance, by using all possible leverage, in order to maintain reciprocal access to fishing waters./.