Denmark – one of the many EU countries which rely on British waters – warned the UK could face retaliatory action if it tries to stop EU countries from fishing on UK grounds. A large portion of the country’s fish come out of UK waters – meaning Denmark’s coastal communities could be hit hard by Brexit. The row came as countries met in 2018 to discuss fishing quotas for the following year.
In Brussels, the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation warned: “We are getting close to the point where Britain leaves the EU, and this will be the last December Fisheries Council that we attend before we begin the transition to coastal state in our own right.
“Given that we have a fisheries agreement to negotiate, it would be utter folly for the EU to try to exact retribution on the UK by further punishing our hard-working fishermen instead of analysing the situation dispassionately and looking for a series of sensible, practical solutions to these problems.”
Speaking to Al Jazeera, Danish Fisheries Association chief Kenn Stau Fischer said that a “trade-off” had to be reached over Brexit.
He explained if Britain bars European boats from its waters, the European Union could ban the British from selling fish freely in European markets.
Mr Fischer said: “There is a balance here we need to think about.
“If you want access to markets, you need to be able to communicate with people and have a fair discussion about