Though there still is no Brexit deal, time is ticket closer. Though the UK and the EU
reached an agreement in 2018 on the conditions for Brexit, the UK parliament did n
ot approve the agreement, though then Prime Minister Theresa May attempted three times to pass the Brexit deal that she had negotiated with Brussels through a deeply divided UK Parliament – finally leading to her resignation as Prime Minister as she could see no way forward in ensuring that the deal with the EU went through.
Her successor Boris Johnson has approached the issue differently, offering a “do or die” approach to Brexit with the 31st of October 2019 as its deadline for leaving the EU, with or without a formal agreement in place with the EU. Such a formal agreement is for many of utmost importance, as it outlines among others what will happen to UK citizens that are currently living elsewhere in the EU and, equally, what will happen to EU citizens that are currently living in the UK. The deal also outlines how to avoid the return of a physical border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, since, with the UK leaving the EU, this border will then become an EU-UK border.
What does this have to do with fisheries and ? We know this is something fishers and politicians think about – and the French minister of agriculture, Didier Guillaume, has already warned Johnson in July 2019 against banning European boats from Britain’s fisheries in a UK EEZ, stating that “There is no scenario in which French fishermen should be prevented, could be prevented, would be prevented by Boris Johnson, from fishing in British waters,” .
Rachel Tiller from SINTEF Ocean, along with colleague Michael Harte, George Kailis and
Merrick Burden, has considered this in a recently published article on the implications for EU and UK fisheries in ICES entitled Countering a climate of instability: the future of relative stability under the Common Fisheries Policy