Brexit: Sandell hits out at 'disgraceful' lack of Norway deal
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Norwegian fishermen have complained about the lack of a UK-Norway fisheries deal being signed after talks broke down earlier this year due to issues over quotas. UK and Norway fleets have no access to each other’s waters at the moment, forcing fishing chiefs to pile on the pressure on both sides to make an agreement. Kjell Ingebrigtsen, leader of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association, said: “It is not Norway who asked for Brexit.”
He also stressed the need for an agreement to be struck as soon as possible.
Minister for Fisheries, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, also blamed Brexit for the lack of access.
He added: “Now the fishing fleet and the land industry must work well together.”
Both the Norwegian and UK governments are hopeful of securing a new agreement in the early part of 2022.
Unearthed reports suggest Norway should be more understanding towards Brexit Britain, though, as the Nordic country and the EU have had serious disagreements over fishing in the past.
In 2017, a dispute was under development over fishing rights on snow crabs in the area around the Arctic archipelago.
The Norwegian Coast Guard arrested the Latvian crabber “Senator” on suspicion of an illegal catch of snow crabs on the Norwegian shelf in the Svalbard fishery protection zone.
EU authorities had granted 16 vessels permission to engage in snow crab fishing in the Svalbard waters.
But Norway’s former fisheries minister Per Sandberg told VG: “This is about the Norwegian continental shelf, an area which is under Norwegian sovereignty.
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“If there will be more ships in the area, they will be arrested.”
The minister confirmed the two sides would have sat down for talks on how to find a compromise.
At the same time, he stressed: “We will not give them a single crab.”
Mr Sandberg also confirmed his plans to head directly to London for talks over fisheries after Brexit.
He said: “Brexit will lead to more negotiation partners.
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“England and Norway will be the two big ones, while the EU becomes smaller.”
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, historian and head of an Icelandic free-market think tank Hjörtur J. Guðmundsson insisted countries like Norway, which is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), will soon want to strike a deal similar to the one Britain struck with the bloc and leave their current EEA arrangement.
He said: “In Norway, you now have political parties calling for Norway to reconsider membership to the EEA.
“They are calling for a comprehensive trade agreement, something similar to what the UK has negotiated with the EU.
“This is actually the form of trade agreement that most countries around the world are now asking for.
“They are waiting in line for it.
“They are not waiting in line for an agreement similar to the EEA.”
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