The fishing sector considers the agreement for an orderly ‘Brexit’ a “black day”

The EU and the UK have signed a fisheries agreement in which European fishermen will see their catches reduced annually for five years.

Fishing boat fishing.  Image of Cepesca.

The Spanish Fishing Confederation (Cepesca) considers a “black day for European fishermen” the announcement of the agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom on the conditions of their future relationship to avoid a rough Brexit on December 31, when London will stop be part of the block.

“This is a black day for European fishermen, their families and their communities”, said the Secretary General of Cepesca, Javier Garat, who has highlighted that the information currently available “does not provide clarity on the future” of the activity.

Thus, it has been highlighted that this activity is “essential” if one takes into account that “fisheries management is a long-term effort” that “if not addressed in this way, the sustainable management of fish stocks remains in the air and retracts investments in the sector”.

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The body has emphasized that European fishermen and their communities now face “an uncertain future”, according to a statement sent to Europa Press. For this reason, it has asked the Spanish Government to inform the sector “in a short period of time of the content of the agreement reached”.

Finally, Cepesca has urged the EU to adopt “all the necessary financial and political measures to ensure the fishing activity sector“.


The announcement comes just one week after the United Kingdom definitively leaves the Common Market and the Customs Union, but it must still be examined by the member states – they will do so in the coming days to then launch the necessary written procedure for its adoption – and It will need the approval of the plenary session of the European Parliament to enter into force.

However, the parties are examining legal channels so that the new association and commercial agreement can be put into practice “provisionally” as early as January 1 to avoid a disorderly disconnection.

London and Brussels began formal negotiations last February, but the strong differences between the two hardly allowed progress until a few weeks ago, when the urgency and risk of a relationship between third parties set by the WTO rules accelerated the talks.