This pack has been prepared ahead of the debate to be held in the Commons Chamber on Thursday 7 December 2017 on the UK fishing industry. The subject for this debate has been selected by the Backbench Business Committee, and the debate will be opened by Sheryll Murray MP.Jump to full report >>
The Library Commons Briefing Paper Brexit: What next for UK fisheries? published in July 2017 provides an overview of how fisheries are currently managed within the UK, as part of the EU Commons Fisheries Policy.
There were 4,000 businesses in the fishing industry in 2016. These businesses employed 24,000 people and contributed £1.4 billion to the UK economy in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA – a measure similar to GDP). The implications of Brexit for fisheries are highly uncertain. The implications will depend on future negotiations with the EU and future UK Government policy. The Government announced its intention to introduce a Fisheries Bill in the 2017 Queen’s Speech, which will: “Enable the UK to control access to its waters and set UK fishing quotas once it has left the EU.”
Possible implications, based on the views of different stakeholders and evidence from existing non-EU European countries, may include:
Since July then there has been continued discussion on the future of UK fisheries post-Brexit, together with further detail from Ministers on what they are hoping to achieve within the Brexit negotiations, commentary on which are provided in this pack.
Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0256
Authors: Elena Ares; Chris Rhodes; Matthew Ward