The announcement of the EU’s contingency plan in the event of a no-deal Brexit has caused concern for Danish fishers
The announcement by the European Commission that the EU has begun preparing temporary measures in the event of a no-deal Brexit has caused concern for members of the Danish Fisheries Association.
Despite the measures meaning Danish fishermen will have access to fishing in British waters for a temporary period, Danish fishing will continue to face a historically uncertain time.
For Danish fisheries, the Commission’s proposal for temporary measures means that the uncertainty for Danish fisheries can in principle continue for a long time to come. It appears from the EU Commission’s press release that the new measures can in principle apply throughout 2021 and can give Danish fishermen access to fishing in British waters for a temporary period. In the eyes of the fishing industry, this is the best solution in the current very difficult situation, but the problem is that it in no way creates the necessary clarity about the future of fishing.
“Danish fishing and the many people whose jobs are at stake are still on the torture bench. Although we can have access to British waters in the very short term, it is a very small consolation. For nothing is certain until we have an actual Brexit agreement that creates clarity about the future of fishing,” says Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.
From the point of view of fisheries, it is crucial that working on the new temporary measures does not become a sleeping pad. Clarification is needed, and therefore negotiations must continue.
“We continue to call on the European Commission and the Danish government to make every effort to reach an agreement as soon as possible that ensures access to British waters and as many jobs as possible. It is important for fisheries, for rural areas and for Denmark,” continues Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association.