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Wales and Galicia sign bilateral accord to minimize Brexit impact for fishing sector

Tuesday, November 21st 2017 - 09:27 UTC
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President of the Xunta Alberto Núñez Feijóo met with Prime Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones. (Photo: Xunta de Galicia) President of the Xunta Alberto Núñez Feijóo met with Prime Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones. (Photo: Xunta de Galicia)

Galicia and Wales intend to sign their own bilateral agreement to try to minimize the impact that Brexit will have and avoid damage to the fishing sector. The announcement was made by Galician president Alberto Núñez Feijoo, after having obtained a positive response to his invitation to the Welsh prime minister, Carwyn Jones.

 The objective of this agreement, to be signed in Santiago de Compostela, is to “guarantee cooperation” between Galicia and the United Kingdom and, in terms of fishing, “to maintain progress in common benefit”.

At the inaugural session of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions held in Cardiff, the United Kingdom, Feijoo said that Galicia, Wales and other 200 maritime regions signed a statement in which they propose an “orderly Brexit” that takes into account the citizens' rights and the economic interests of the fishing regions.

During his visit to Cardiff, the president of the Xunta met with the Chief Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, to finalize the signing of the agreement, which will take place in Santiago de Compostela.

”We need to project certainties,“ said the Galician president, and stressed that the British exit from the European Union should not involve the imposition of ”new borders“ for ”maritime resources.“

Fishing is a fundamental aspect for Galicia, and Fejóo was convinced that the most beneficial aspect for both parties ”is a pact that goes through an exchange of fishing-market mutual access.“

The head of the Galician Executive recalled that a hard Brexit ”could reduce the net benefit of the fleets of the continent by 50% and the crew members’ wages by 15%”. (FIS)


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  • Ann Other

    Fishing in British waters would be a national decision not a regional one, if it cuts Spanish fishing down by 50% that sounds like good news for British fishermen. Brexit is about reclaiming sovereignty and not helping the Spanish overfish in British waters.

    Nov 21st, 2017 - 11:12 am +1
  • Clyde15

    What waters do Wales control in respect of fishing rights ?

    The bulk of the fishing waters in the UK are off the coast of Scotland and these are supposed to be part of the devolution agreement on leaving the EU....or are they ?

    Nov 21st, 2017 - 05:46 pm +1
  • Jolene

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Nov 22nd, 2017 - 04:09 am 0
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