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Withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention

Last updated: 01:29pm 14 October 2019

To provide complete legal certainty to our neighbours and clarity during our negotiations with the European Union, we will withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.27

Our verdict

The London Fisheries Convention (or just the Fisheries Convention) is an agreement across 12 nations in Western Europe about how to share fishing waters – specifically between 6 and 12 miles off the coast. The same nations are also members of the EU which operates an even bigger fishing zone through the Common Fisheries Policy, covering 12 to 200 miles off the coast. The UK will no longer be a part of the Common Fisheries Policy after leaving the EU, but the London Fisheries Convention is separate.

This policy could easily be considered as an economic or environmental policy, but in the government’s manifesto it is very much a part of the Brexit debate. As this press release describes it,

“securing a fairer deal for the UK fishing industry is a Manifesto pledge and one of the Government’s key objectives for Brexit.”

On July 2nd 2017, the government announced the UK’s departure from the London Fisheries Convention, triggering a two-year withdrawal process – or upon Brexit.

Despite the two year period having passed, the UK’s departure from the EU is still unknown. This means the UK has not yet formally left the London Fisheries Convention. This policy is therefore ‘in progress’. Follow this policy to get updates as soon as they happen.

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