France demands EU draw up new ‘realignment mechanisms’ to access UK waters past 2026
The challenge came from Communist Senator Eric Bocquet during talks on the ratification of the Brexit trade deal in France‘s Senate earlier this week. Mr Bocquet warned fishing communities in his Hauts-de-France region have already suffered because of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union and insisted appropriate measures should be created to ensure access from 2026. Addressing colleagues, the French Senator said: “The absence of realignment mechanisms risks leading in the years to come to British standards falling below European standards.
On the one hand, the European Union will not have to resign itself to not strengthening the protection of Europeans and on the other hand, we will find ourselves in the situation of dumping we so feared.
“On fishing, we risk assisting in 2026 tp a British takeover of its fish-rich waters and the question arises – can the European Union guarantee the protection of European fishermen when London could renegotiate annually with surely ambition to increase the drop-out rate of European prices?”
Under the agreement reached in December, EU boats will still be able to catch fish in UK waters while a larger share of the resources is shifted back into the hands of British vessels between 2021 and 2026.