UK fishing industry disappointed by Brexit deal "fudge"
LONDON (Reuters) - The UK fishing industry is disappointed that a Brexit trade deal with the European Union is no minor restriction on the block's access to UK waters, an industry official said.
"The industry will be bitterly disappointed that there is no more permanent break," Barrie Deas, executive director of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organizations, told Reuters. "It's a little bit fudge."
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier Thursday that the UK had agreed with the EU on an "appropriate" transition period of five and a half years for its fisheries, longer than the three years he had requested but shorter than the 14 years originally requested by the EU to the.
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Deas said the biggest concern for the industry is likely the decision to allow EU fishing boats to operate up to six miles off the coast of the UK, which is half of the industry's target of 12 mile.
"I think there will be a lot of frustration," he said.
Proponents of Brexit say that fishing is a symbol of sovereignty and that fishing grounds in British waters are primarily intended for British fishing crews. The EU has tried to ensure access for boats from member states such as France and the Netherlands.
(Reporting by William Schomberg; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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