“If we return to our position as an independent coastal state, we are committed to working with our North-East Atlantic neighbours, such as Greenland, for the benefit of our fishing industry and our marine environment,” said Victoria Prentis, UK Fisheries Minister. The requirement to apply the principle of subsidiarity to the CFP is part of the argument of its decentralization. Decentralisation played an important role in the discussions on the 2002 CFP reform, but the reform itself has effectively strengthened centralisation within the CFP, depriving Member States of the right to block quota proposals and strengthening the EU`s role in enforcing legislation. This growing monopoly and the non-compliance with the wishes of the fishing industry have led to the alienation of stakeholders and a decrease in respect.  The failure of this increasingly centralized reform has proven to be a proponent of decentralization, as stakeholder participation in the governance process is essential for the future success of fisheries policy.  An agreement was reached at the end of 2017 for the UK to enter the second phase of trade negotiations with the EU in 2018 before leaving the EU in March 2019. The UK is then expected to enter a two-year transition period between 2019 and 2021. During this phase, the UK would not have been legally a member of the EU, but it will continue to comply with all EU rules and regulations, including the rules of the internal market and customs union. This has received enormous support from British companies that would not change their trade agreements with EU member states during this period, but it would also have meant that the UK would remain in the Common Fisheries Policy until at least 2021. Monday`s agreement did not indicate whether British ships would have access to Greenland`s waters after leaving the EU, but both are awaiting further agreements. “In this respect, this is the EU and what it wants to do with the UK for the misplacement of international fishing.” Britain catches between 10% and 15% of the fish landed by EU vessels, making it one of the largest fishing countries in Europe. Currently, their fishing vessels have access to the waters of third countries, in accordance with their agreements with the EU. Leaving the EU means London must now conclude its own fisheries agreements.
Mr Ingebrigtsen also welcomed an agreement. It`s “a great day,” he said. As a member of the European Union, Britain is under the authority of the Common Fisheries Policy. It is an agreement whereby EU Member States do not control their own territorial waters or set their own fishing quotas. Instead, fish are seen as a common resource and the rules on quotas, catches, subsidies, releases and a range of other measures are centrally defined by the European Commission (the eu`s branch of the European Union which proposes legislation and carries out current EU operations). Although each EU member state remains responsible for monitoring their waters and enforcing regulations, all EU member states with coastlines and fishing industries share their territorial waters (called exclusive economic zones) and all have the right to fish in each other`s waters, with the EU setting catches for each country in each zone. In 2017, many EU countries, heavily dependent on their fisheries, which had access to British territorial waters, began fighting for access to British waters after Brexit.