Bill promises fairer share for British fishermen – but they face annual battle for EU rights

British fishermen will face annual negotiations to secure their fishing rights in shared waters from 2020, while other EU countries may lose many of their current rights to fish in British waters, according to a government white paper on fishing after Brexit.

Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations, published on Wednesday, provided the first glimpse into how the UK’s fishing industry will change after Brexit. Its premise, to be introduced in a fisheries bill, is that the UK should have full control of its waters and the ability to set its own quotas for UK-based vessels.

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