Fisheries Bill


This week and next, I’m on what’s known as a Bill Committee - and that’s where we go through legislation line by line to ensure it’s doing what we want it to.

The legislation we’re looking at is the Fisheries Bill, which is a new piece of legislation to replace the EUs Common Fisheries Policy ready for leaving the transition period at the end of this year.

It also enshrines in law the Government’s manifesto commitments for sustainable fishing.

When we voted for Brexit, we voted to take back control of our waters and as a new independent coastal State that is exactly what we will do.

As an independent coastal state:

• EU vessels’ automatic access right to fish removed

• Foreign boats required to be licensed to fish in UK waters and will follow the UK’s rules

• New powers for the UK to set catch limits, revoking the EU’s powers to set UK quotas