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Norway may stop British and EU vessels fishing in its waters from 1 January, its fisheries minister said today, as talks on the management of common North Sea stocks have been held up by London’s protracted Brexit standoff with Brussels, Reuters reports.
Norway, which is not part of the EU but is part of the European single market, had previously negotiated annually with the bloc about the management of common fish stocks, access to each other’s waters and exchange of fish quotas. That has had to change following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. Britain completes its departure from the EU’s orbit on 31 December.
If we do not get a deal by 1 January, we will not open Norway’s economic fishing zones to vessels from the EU and Britain. Neither can we expect Norwegian vessels to get access to their [the EU’s and Britain’s] zones before a deal is in place.