This House of Lords Library Briefing has been prepared in advance of the second reading of the Fisheries Bill [HL], scheduled to take place on 11 February 2020.Jump to full report >>
The UK will no longer be part of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) at the end of the withdrawal agreement transition (or implementation) period, set to finish on 31 December 2020. From then on, the UK will control access to its own fishing waters. The bill would set a framework for managing fisheries in the UK once the CFP no longer applies. It would:
The bill is similar to the Fisheries Bill introduced in the 2017–19 session, although some clauses have been redrafted. It also includes new fisheries objectives, the requirement for fisheries management plans and additional powers for the devolved authorities.
The UK and the EU are expected to start negotiating a new fisheries agreement, which they aim to conclude by 1 July 2020. The EU is seeking continued reciprocal access to fishing waters and stable quota shares for the amount of fish that can be caught. The UK argues British fishing waters should primarily be for British fishing vessels, and opportunities for EU vessels should be negotiated annually on the basis of scientific data about sustainable catch levels, not based on historic quotas.
Lords Library notes LLN-2020-0051
Author: Nicola Newson