The voice of Galicia
juan francisco alonso
london / e. the voice
12/01/2021 05:00 h
The Trade and Security Agreement that the UK and the EU signed last Christmas Eve will make headlines again in the coming weeks. The reason? The European Parliament began yesterday to review the content of the treaty that prevented a Brexi abrupt and that, although in force since December 31, it is provisionally.
In the first glance that MEPs gave the text, of more than a thousand pages, the thorny question of fishing came to light again. Spanish legislators from almost all parties expressed their concern about the agreement with London and demanded that Brussels prepare “compensatory measures” to alleviate the possible consequences that the agreement will have on the sector, reported Europa Press.
For months the fisheries issue kept negotiations between the UK and the EU stalled and there were even fears that it would prevent the signing of an agreement. The Boris Johnson government refused to allow the community fleet to continue fishing in its waters as they had done for more than four decades, while the 27 found it unacceptable that their sailors were required to deliver up to 80% of what they caught.
However, in the end the parties agreed that community fishermen will be allowed to work in British waters for five and a half years, but quotas were imposed which will be gradually adjusted.
The Fisheries Director of the European Commission, Charlina Vitcheva, who appeared before the Fisheries Committee, tried to reassure the parliamentarians by assuring them that the agreement will give more than five years of stability to the sector and that, after the deadline, it will be necessary to negotiate annually with London the amount of the catches.
The regulations establish that international treaties must receive the approval of MEPs before entering into force, but as the negotiations of the postbrexit were still open in early December, the Chamber decided that the matter would be discussed in early 2021 to avoid an abrupt divorce. However, the legislative body made it clear that this case “could not be interpreted as a precedent.”
This provisional application will last until February 28, but the European Parliament wants to extend it to give final consent between March 8 and 11. Yesterday the text was analyzed by the Fisheries and International Trade Commissions and on Thursday the Foreign Affairs Commission is expected to do so.
Meanwhile, in London, the Labor Party tried to digest the announcement of its leader, Keir Starmer, that he will not seek to renegotiate the agreement posbrexit if he wins the next general election, which should be held in 2024, despite the fact that he himself criticized the treaty, considering that it is not what Johnson had promised. “I don’t think there is scope for a major renegotiation. We have just had four years of negotiations. We have reached a treaty and now we have to make it work, ‘he told the BBC in an interview.
He Brexi it divided both Labor and Conservatives, and while Starmer defended staying in the EU in the 2016 referendum, he now seems to want to put the issue aside.