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Fishermen accuse government of Brexit betrayal when Norway thwarts deal

Nordic fishermen have accused the government of abandoning them after announcing on Thursday that it had failed to reach a deal with Norway over access to thousands of tonnes of codes. The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said they had offered a “fair offer” to enter the UK to exchange fishing quotas, but could not reach an agreement by 2021. Due to Brexit, the UK now has the ability to sign bilateral agreements with Norway that were previously part of the EU deal. But negotiations with Norway left Kirkella, the region’s last long-distance water trawler, in the port of Houly while waiting for an agreement. The failure of the deal means that the ship, which is responsible for catching about 8% of the fish used by British fishmongers, will no longer have access to Arctic rods in Norwegian sub-Arctic waters by 2021. The UK, which owns 52 52m, has warned that the move has left hundreds of crew members “other fisheries workers jobless in the face of unemployment”. The company recently stressed that Norway’s decision to allocate a quota of only 10,000 tonnes to the EU means that the UK has access to 25,000 tonnes. Its CEO Jane Ein Sandel said: “We are struggling to understand how the government, which made such bold promises of fishing in the post-post-Brexit era, can stand և to watch the age-old industry fail for what we can only assume ideological reasons. “George urch Justis [the Environment Secretary] We owe it’s to the Hamperside County staff for explaining why Defra has failed to uphold even the rights we have had to fish in Norwegian waters for decades. has turned into a catastrophe. ” Whitehall sources claimed that the UK had put forward “very reasonable” proposals that would ensure that Norway would continue to enjoy access to UK waters and the exchange of fishing quotas. In response, Norway demanded that Norway pay for access to British waters to help rectify what ministers considered an “imbalance” in previous EU agreements, which found Norway eight times more likely to fish in British waters than British fishermen in its waters. They noted that in 2019, the UK collected only 31 million pounds of fishing in Norwegian waters, while Norway distributed 249 million pounds in British waters. The Norwegian archipelago in the waters around Svalbard, the United Kingdom has agreed to access 5,500 tonnes of fish in a separate deal with the Norwegian authorities, as well as shares in those waters through a Brexit trade deal. At the same time, other industry figures argued that meeting the requirements of the UK’s fish farms, which belong to the Netherlands and Iceland, would affect other British operators. Ministers are now preparing to work with industry to explore mitigation options. Defra’s spokesperson said. “We have always understood that we will only break contracts if they benefit the entire UK fishing industry. “We have made a fair offer to enter the UK’s waters and exchange fishing quotas, but we have concluded that our positions are too far apart to reach an agreement this year. “Norway is a key partner, we will continue to work with them throughout the year.”

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