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EU announces ‘no-deal Brexit’ fisheries contingency plan

Measures are aimed at reducing the impact a hard Brexit would have on EU fleets.

Karmenu Vella, the European commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, presented contingency measures to mitigate the impact on fisheries in case of a no-deal Brexit.

The acts, first proposed in January, were agreed to by member states and the European Parliament at the end of March.

The first measure amends the regulation on the sustainable management of the external fleets to create the legal framework for reciprocal fishing access by EU and UK vessels to each other’s waters during 2019, provided the UK grants such access for EU vessels.

The second measure allows fishermen and operators from EU members states to receive compensation for the temporary cessation of fishing activities, due to Brexit, under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

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