‘We will not give them a single crab!’ says Norway in a scathing EU rebuke over fishing rights.
NORWAY slammed the EU over fishing rights as a former fisheries minister claimed Oslo would not have given Brussels a “single crab.”
After talks broke down earlier this year over quota issues, Norwegian fishermen have expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of a signed fisheries agreement between the UK and Norway. At the moment, neither the UK nor Norway’s fleets have access to each other’s seas, prompting fishing chiefs to put pressure on both sides to reach a deal. “It was not Norway that begged for Brexit,” said Kjell Ingebrigtsen, president of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association.
He also emphasized the importance of reaching an agreement as quickly as feasible.
Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, the Minister of Fisheries, also blamed Brexit for the lack of access.
“Now the fishing fleet and the land industry must operate together,” he continued.
Both the Norwegian and British administrations are optimistic that a new agreement will be reached in the first half of 2022.
According to newly discovered reports, Norway should be more sympathetic of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, as the Nordic country and the EU had previously had major problems over fishing.
In 2017, a conflict erupted over snow crab fishing rights in the area surrounding the Arctic archipelago.
The Latvian crabber “Senator” was apprehended by the Norwegian Coast Guard on suspicion of illegally catching snow crabs on the Norwegian shelf in the Svalbard fisheries protection zone.
16 vessels have been granted authorization to fish for snow crab in Svalbard waters by EU authorities.
“This is about the Norwegian continental shelf, an area that is within Norwegian sovereignty,” Per Sandberg, Norway’s former fisheries minister, told VG.
“They will be apprehended if there are other ships in the area.”
The minister stated that the two sides had met for talks on how to reach an agreement.
“We will not give them a single crab,” he said at the same time.
Mr. Sandberg also confirmed his intention to travel to London immediately after Brexit for talks on fisheries.
“Brexit will result in more negotiation partners,” he stated.
“The two main ones will be England and Norway, while the EU will shrink.”
In an exclusive interview with This website, Hjörtur J. Gumundsson, an Icelandic historian and chairman of a free-market think group, predicted that countries like Norway, which is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), will soon wish to leave. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”