Fisheries biologist and University of York professor Bryce Stewart has warned of growing tensions between the UK and EU member states over fisheries. Speaking to the CGTN, Mr Stewart said the UK could come into conflict with French fishermen at the end of the Brexit transition period if a deal is not reached. He and other experts have predicted a new wave of “scallop wars” or “cod wars” on fish in British waters in the near future.
“This is where the British and French fishing boats competed on different boats fishing under different rules in the English Channel.
“There were a few boats that got stuck into each other, there were some interesting insults traded, rocks and things like that.
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“We sure don’t want to see this, it’s the last thing that should happen at sea.”
There is growing concern that the failure of the UK and the EU to strike a fisheries deal in Brexit trade talks could result in clashes at sea.
Political expert and professor Liam Campling has also warned of the return of previous skirmishes like the Cod Wars.
While speaking to Talk Europe, Prof Campling said a fisheries deal needs to be struck to help prevent clashes.
Professor Campling also highlighted how the two sides would justify skirmishes over fishing rights.
He said: “If the Europeans and the British don’t come to an agreement on this, the French fishermen will go fishing anyway.
“They will claim long-term historic access rights they have, like the Danes.
“In the same way the British will claim it is our sovereign right under the law of the sea.”