Guernsey extends transitional EU fishing arrangements by up to three months

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A temporary arrangement allowing French fishing boats access to Guernsey's waters has been extended by up to three months.

The transitional system of a Trade and Cooperation Agreement was agreed following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union. That agreement suspended French vessels' automatic right to fish in the Bailiwick's waters.

It was hoped that a new licensing system would be in effect by 1 April 2021, but discussions are continuing with the European Commission on how the last remaining issues with the policy can be resolved before the new regime is introduced.

The interim arrangement will continue on the basis that it can be extended month by month up to a maximum period of three months if required.

This should allow the Bailiwick to move to the full TCA terms sooner, once the final arrangements are agreed.

Deputy Le Tocq also says the States maintains a 'constructive' relationships with neighbouring authorities and that he would seek to discuss access terms to the French port of Diélette as part of the agreement.

The interim TCA arrangement must end by Wednesday 30 June 2021.