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IrelandVaradkar: Irish fishing rights around Rockall will change after Brexit

17:05  12 june  2019
17:05  12 june  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

Fishing dispute breaks out between Scotland and Ireland

Fishing dispute breaks out between Scotland and Ireland At the centre of the row is the tiny island of Rockall in the North Atlantic.

Row over fishing rights hints at kind of difficulties that could follow a no-deal Brexit . The sudden outbreak of tension between the Scottish government and Ireland over fishing rights around Rockall is probably just a hint of the kind of difficulties that will inevitably arise if the United Kingdom as a

Taoiseach ( Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar said the fishing grounds around Rockall were "And under the Common Fisheries Policy we believe they are in their rights to continue to fish in There was a slight decrease in 2018 due to changes in fishing quotas and the absence of some fish , she

Varadkar: Irish fishing rights around Rockall will change after Brexit © SNH, Marine Scotland/Crown Copyr Rockall off the Donegal coast (MArine Scotland/PA) TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said that there is “no basis” for excluding Irish vessels from fishing in the waters around Rockall but accepted that this situation will change post-Brexit.

In a detailed answer delivered during today’s Leader’s Questions, Varadkar restated the government’s position that it accepts that Rockall exists within the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone but rejects the UK’s claim of sovereignty over the tiny sea islet.

Varadkar said that the Scottish government’s tougher line has been clear for a number of months.

Fishing dispute breaks out between Scotland and Ireland

Fishing dispute breaks out between Scotland and Ireland At the centre of the row is the tiny island of Rockall in the North Atlantic.

Taoiseach ( Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar said the fishing grounds around Rockall were "And under the Common Fisheries Policy we believe they are in their rights to continue to fish in There was a slight decrease in 2018 due to changes in fishing quotas and the absence of some fish , she

Photograph: Irish Air Corps. Irish and Scottish officials have stepped up contacts in a bid to “de-escalate” tensions in the row over fisheries at Rockall , the Taoiseach has told the Dáil. Leo Varadkar said the matter had been discussed on Tuesday by the Cabinet and by the Scottish government at

“In relation to the position the Scottish government has taken, government was informed, the Tánaiste and Minister Creed were informed, several months ago that the Scottish had a view and an opinion that they had exclusive rights to fishing within 12 miles of Rockall and that they were minded to enforce that and that they were come back to us and give us notice before they would enforce it. And that obviously happened in the last week or so.”

Varadkar: Irish fishing rights around Rockall will change after Brexit © Wikimedia Commons Rockall and its surrounding countries. Ireland’s position is that there is no basis for excluding Irish fishing vessels from Rockall waters as they are legitimately pursuing EU fishing opportunities and have done so unhindered for decades. We believe any concerns should be handled through dialogue rather than universal enforcement action.

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But Mr Varadkar did say that Irish vessels are legally within their rights fish around Rockall . The Scottish government last week threatened to take action Scotland passed the Island of Rockall Act in 1972, which imposed a 12-mile exclusion zone around the rock , but Ireland has never recognised UK

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“The jurisdiction over the 12 mile area has long been disputed, the UK claims sovereignty over Rockall and thus a 12 mile territorial limit around it. The Irish government position has been and remains that we do not recognise this claim and that the waters around Rockall are part of the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone and a accordingly form part of the European waters under the Common Fisheries Policy, to which the principle of equal access to vessels of all European vessels including Irish vessels applies.”

A dispute over fishing near the Atlantic sea rock has escalated in the last week after Scottish Minister for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing accused Irish vessels of operating “illegally” in the area and suggested they could be boarded.

    Read: Explainer: Where is Rockall and why has it sparked tensions between the Irish and Scottish governments? >

In questioning Varadkar, Independent Cork South-West TD Michael Collins accused the government of ignoring the concerns of fishermen and said they were “furious with political parties”.

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Irish Government is right to respond calmly but firmly to Scotland’s unexpected ultimatum. The very short time frame between the Scottish government’s unexpected ultimatum regarding Irish vessels fishing within 12 miles of Rockall and its threatened enforcement action is not the moment to thrash

“They want a standalone minister in this country whose sole responsibility is to fight for their rights, the same as their fellow Europeans,” Collins said.

Varadkar: Irish fishing rights around Rockall will change after Brexit © Oireachtas.ie Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Daail this afternoon. The deputy claimed that the Rockall dispute was symptom of government inaction in protecting fishermen.

In response, Varadkar said that government representatives have met with fishing groups and reassured them that their right to fish around Rockall will be defended.

“This is a question of the Scottish government on behalf the UK, or rather on their own bat, asserting sovereignty over Rockall and thereby claiming an exclusive zone over 12 miles around that,” Varadkar said.

We take a different view, when the Exclusive Economic Zones were drawn, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea was applied and that treats uninhabited, uninhabitable rocks such as Rockall as if they do not exist. So we accept that Rockall is in United Kingdoms Exclusive Economic Zone, everyone does, but what we don’t accept is that Rockall has a 12 mile exclusive limit around it.

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The first minister met Varadkar at Farmleigh House after the European elections to discuss Brexit and Irish - Scottish trade. At that stage, the issue of fishing rights around the North Atlantic islet had not been escalated to the Department of the Taoiseach, according to Irish government sources.

Photograph: Irish Naval Service. What is the latest news in the conflict over Rockall ? There has been intensive contact between Irish and Scottish Government Recently however the Scottish government has said that it will enforce exclusive fishing rights for Scottish vessels within a 12-mile radius of the

“For so long as the United Kingdom is part of the European Union, these are European waters and Irish fishermen are entitled to fish for their quota and for non-quota species in any part of that UK Exclusive Economic Zone.”

“But obviously with Brexit that will change and obviously one thing that is not fully appreciated is that Irish fishermen take a lot of fish out of UK waters, maybe 35% of all the fish that we take comes out of UK waters including some of the most valuable species like shrimp and like mackerel and so on.”

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