Fisheries remained one of the main areas of contention between the two sides during the exchange of views. Scottish fishermen, in particular, warned that if the Prime Minister did not agree to an agreement with the EU, small fleets could carry tariffs that could carry carriers.
Campbelltown captain John Brown told STV: “We must have access to European markets.
“Fishing is bad with the price that the tariffs would go out of the boats because everything else makes it impossible.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“If it continues like this, there will be no boats left on the west coast.”
Throughout the Brexit talks, the EU demanded uninterrupted access to British waters.
States like France are one of the biggest beneficiaries of Britain’s waters and have therefore demanded similar access and quota shares for what they have under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
Under the CFP, EU fishermen are given equal access to Europe’s exclusive economic zone, despite the rich and vast coastal areas of the European Union.
Due to the need for fish in the UK in France, processors in Scotland may also be concerned about shutting down boat ports or stopping UK exports.
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Now free from the European Union, Lord Frost has claimed that the UK must be able to operate on its own waters.
To further strengthen the UK administration and regulations on its own waters, the government’s Fisheries Bill is currently being finalized by Parliament.
After royal assent, the law would allow the government to make provisions to protect UK waters and move forward with adequate management work.
The United Kingdom also signed the first fisheries agreement with Norway last month.
Under the agreement, both parties will hold annual discussions to determine quotas and access.
Commenting on the agreement, Environmental Affairs Secretary George Eustace said: “I am delighted that a framework fisheries agreement with Norway has been successfully secured.
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