I am pleased that a fisheries framework agreement with Norway has been successfully concluded. This agreement demonstrates our commitment to act as an independent cooperative coastal state to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for the entire UK fishing industry. British fishing organisations said such an agreement showed that the conditions the EU has aimed for a future deal were an “aberration” not to treat Britain as an independent coastal nation capable of controlling access to its fishing waters. The UK signs the first fisheries agreement since its withdrawal from the EU and, initially, as an independent coastal state. It also shows from this document that the United Kingdom and Norway have entered into an access agreement allowing each contracting party to allow access to its area of jurisdiction to vessels flying the other party`s flag for fishing purposes. The scope and conditions of this access are the subject of annual consultations between the parties. The framework agreement, which will come into force on 1 January, will govern control measures, licences and research and will also facilitate reciprocal quota exchange and access to each other`s waters, the Norwegian government said in a statement. The UK government said the agreement showed the common willingness of the UK and Norway to cooperate as independent coastal states and seek effective and sustainable management of their fisheries. The agreement demonstrates the common will of the United Kingdom and Norway to cooperate as independent coastal states and to seek effective and sustainable management of their fisheries. The treaty contains the same principles that the UK is currently seeking with the EU – a framework agreement that reflects the international rights of the UK and Norway. The agreement was also welcomed by the National Federation of Fishermen`s Organisations (NFFO) in the UNITED Kingdom.

Negotiations between Britain and the EU have stumbled over fisheries, fair competition and the issue of dispute settlement. The new agreement between Norway and the United Kingdom facilitates fisheries cooperation in the areas of control, licensing and research. In addition, it gives the parties the opportunity to agree on reciprocal access to the other party`s fishing grounds and on the exchange of fishing opportunities. This new contract expires first on December 31, 2026 and, at the expiry of the deadline, is fully renegotiated for the four consecutive years, unless it is terminated between the period. British fishing communities will benefit from the fisheries agreements that the United Kingdom is negotiating with our coastal partner to ensure that the needs of our fishermen and fish stocks are at the forefront. Through agreements like the one we signed with Norway, the United Kingdom is taking back control of its natural resources and trying to bring much of our fish stocks back to healthy levels. The Norwegian agreement states that “we are committed to recognising the importance of the zonanne seizure as a principle of international fisheries management applied by coastal states in accordance with their obligations under the UNCLOS and related instruments with regard to the common management of stocks.” “The agreement will come into force on 1 January 2021, after the UK and Northern Ireland leave the EU`s Common Fisheries Policy.