Proposal for a REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2403 as regards fishing authorisations for Union fishing vessels in United Kingdom waters and fishing operations of United Kingdom fishing vessels in Union waters
1. In preparation for the UK’s exit from the EU, on 23 January 2019 the European Commission (EC) published two proposals to create the legal framework to enable: (1) continued reciprocal fishing access by EU and UK vessels to each other’s waters until the end of 2019; and (2) the EC to compensate EU fishers through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for temporary cessation of fishing should the UK close its waters to access by EU fishing vessels after 29 March 2019.
2. These proposals were announced by the EC as part of their contingency planning for the event that the UK leaves the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement in place. The EC’s communication on ‘preparing for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU on 30 March 2019: a contingency plan’ of 13 November 2018 set out 6 principles for contingency measures. These include the principles that measures should not replicate the benefits of membership of the Union or the terms of the transition period; they must be temporary in nature and should in principle end at the end of 2019. Following discussions with Member States, the EC has concluded that these two contingency regulations are required.