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Parliamentary questions
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5 December 2016
Question for written answer E-009202-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Fernando Ruas (PPE)

 Subject:  Future fishing opportunities in the United Kingdom
 Answer in writing 

George Eustice, the British Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, was recently quoted in the Daily Telegraph (on 31 October) as saying that ‘Brexit can be a good deal for British fishermen because we [the United Kingdom] regain control. The equation is that they have 1 million tonnes of UK fish and we get about 150 000 tonnes of fish of various species.’

He added that there is ‘an imbalance’ (to the detriment of British fishermen), in particular where Channel fishing-grounds are concerned.

In the light of these comments, and as regards future relations between the EU and the United Kingdom after Brexit:
1. Is there any prospect that the Commission might forestall the impact of Brexit on the fisheries sector, from the European point of view?
2. What exactly are the fishing opportunities that British fishermen have in EU waters and EU fishermen will have in the future British waters (i.e. after Brexit)?
Original language of question: PT 
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