On 19 March, the UK and the European Union (EU) agreed upon terms for an implementation period as the UK departs from the EU.
As part of this, it was set out that EU will continue to have access to UK waters until the conclusion of the implementation period. For 2020, the UK's share of quotas will not change and the UK can attend international negotiations and be consulted. The UK will be negotiating fishing opportunities for 2021 as an independent Coastal State completely outside the Common Fisheries Policy.
The implementation period will last from 29 March 2019 to 31 December 2020 and is designed to help ensure an orderly and smooth withdrawal from the EU.
Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye has commented:
“I know many fishermen in our towns have found this announcement disappointing, but we must look at the bigger picture and see that the prize is still out there.
"I fully understand the concerns our fishing community has about the Common Fisheries Policy and its impact and I am clear that we must make the most of the opportunity leaving the EU offers us to take back control of our waters and to ensure a fair share of quota for UK fishermen.
"The implementation period will allow us to make a proper transition to a future outside the Common Fisheries Policy. This will give us time to prepare ourselves to take full advantage of the opportunities for our coastal communities to revive economically, and for our marine environment to be managed sustainably. That is a significant prize, and I believe we must keep our eyes on it.
Amber added: "I will continue to advocate the concerns of fishermen in our towns to make sure their concerns are heard and addressed by the Government.”