Government releases statement over UK fishing water independence after Brexit


The government has replied to a petition which called for the UK not bring the Common fisheries policy into UK law after Brexit via the Great Repeal bill.

The petition called for the “Government to make the fishing industry a stand-alone entity, outside of the ‘Great Repeal Bill,’ after revelations that ‘technical measures’ of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) will be adopted into UK law on our leaving the EU.”

In the statement the government said:

“As an independent Coastal State, we will regain our rights to manage our fisheries in accordance with our rights under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and have control of our Exclusive Economic Zone (out to 200 nautical miles or the median line with other states). The UK will be responsible for the management of natural marine resources in this area and will be able to control and manage access to UK waters including fisheries.

The Government has always been clear that the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill ensures that, so far as possible, the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before. This will provide the maximum possible certainty and continuity to businesses, workers and consumers across the UK – so that they can have confidence that they will not be subject to unexpected changes on the day we leave the EU.

The Bill delivers on our promise to end the supremacy of EU law in the UK. It is the mechanism by which the UK will leave the EU while taking back control.

The Fisheries Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech in June will demonstrate how we are taking back control of access to our waters and the allocation of fishing opportunities.

The remaining technical elements of current EU fisheries law will be incorporated in to UK law under the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, ensuring both certainty and that our fisheries are managed sustainably.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs”

You can sign the original petition here