The UK wants to regain control of its own waters, while EU countries have been bearing the same access to British fishing grounds for decades as they have for decades. On 26 March 2019, Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the proposed regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on certain fisheries provisions in the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean Agreement. It aims to reduce european vessels` access to British waters while increasing the proportion of quotas for British vessels. However, an important factor is that the European Union is by far the main export market for British fisheries trade. The Fishing Agreement or the London Fisheries Convention is an international agreement on fishing rights in the coastal waters of Western Europe, in particular fishing rights in the North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat and the European Atlantic coast. It grants the fishing industry parts that had already fished there during the period 1953-1962 the right to full access to fishing areas between 6 and 12 nautical miles from the national coast.  As EU leaders meet for the EU summit on Thursday, there are signs that the ongoing dispute over fishing rights is likely to turn into a large fire that torpedoes the chances of a trade deal. He stressed that fishing could not be separated from the rest of the negotiations and that the United Kingdom mistakenly believed that it had a strong hand. «No comprehensive transaction will be possible without a good agreement on this issue. An agreement that provides visibility to fishermen (EU) over time and guarantees them access to British waters. We will not sacrifice their interests,» he added.
Half a century later, the 100 common stocks floating in British and EU waters are once again proving politically explosive. And British negotiators discover that history is in the courtroom, as is politics and geography. But the EU sees the past differently. Mogens Schou, a fisheries official for the Danish government since 1981, has been a fisheries official since 1981, contradicting the idea that the British made a bad deal when the details of the CFP were finally drawn up in the early 1980s. «I don`t remember the UK`s strong dissatisfaction with the allocation of quotas. I think this is underlined by the smile of British Minister Peter Walker when he called the 1983 agreement «an excellent deal for British fishermen,» Schou said, citing an article he kept from Fishing News.