Our waters, OUR rules! Frost stands firm on fisheries as he confronts Brussels bullies

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At the first meeting of the Partnership Council, Lord Frost confronted European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič over veiled threats issued by member states since the end of the transition period at the end of last year.

There have been continued frictions between the UK and EU on the implementation of the Brexit trade deal since the start of January.

Fishing has led to regular public bust-ups, with French fisheries accusing the UK of being deliberately slow to issue licences that give the right to catch within Britain’s 12 mile zone.

Under the terms of the deal, European fisheries are allowed to continue to access the UK’s waters for at least five years but must have been issued with specialised licences.

France and the European Commission have both sided with the fisheries against the UK and accused the Government of failing to live up to its side of the agreement.

Meeting his EU counterparts at Admiralty House today, Lord Frost re-iterated Britain’s commitment to implementing the terms of the trade deal but said ministers would not be bullied by threats.

A UK government spokesman said: “On fisheries, the UK made clear that it will exercise regulatory autonomy within its waters, while continuing to take pragmatic steps to ease the transition to the new arrangements for EU fishermen including on licences.”

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