Brussels could be aiming to take revenge against Britain after Brexit as the EU has threatened to block the UK’s access to energy markets should fishing communities on the continent find themselves at risk.
Come 2026, the UK will have a chance to renegotiate the fisheries agreement with the EU with the possibility of limiting the access of EU fishing vessels to British waters.
According to an official report on the implementation of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), there are no further quota reductions for EU fishermen but MEPs have nonetheless begged for “reciprocal access to waters and fisheries resources” to be maintained after the 30 June, 2026, deadline.
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Suggesting that fishing could be weaponised, the report reads: “Should the UK decide to limit the access of EU fishing vessels to British waters at the end of the adjustment period, the EU would be able to take measures to protect its interests.
“In accordance with the TCA itself, these measures include the re-establishment of tariffs or quotas on the UK’s fish imports and the suspension of other parts of the TCA should there be a risk of serious economic or social difficulties for the EU’s fishing communities.
“In this regard, the EU should consider linking other specific parts of the TCA, such as the UK’s access to the European electricity market, as well as other relevant sectors under the TCA, with the EU’s access to British waters and fisheries resources.”
Hitting back against the report, Sir John Redwood told Sunak to “ignore the threats” and instead focus on building Britain’s energy security.