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Industry leaders have welcomed the announcement of a historic Fisheries Bill that will give the UK legal control over its own waters after Brexit, and end 40 years of rule by Brussels, reports Tim Oliver.

The Bill was included in the Queen’s Speech at the state opening of Parliament in the House of Lords last week, which sets out the government’s legislative programme for the new Parliamentary session after the general election.

As well as a Fisheries Bill, it also confirmed that the government will introduce the Repeal Bill, to repeal the European Communities Act of 1972 and convert all EU legislation into UK law, including the CFP regulations, when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. The Bill will allow parliament to amend EU legislation and eventually repeal or amend unwanted EU laws after Brexit.

Setting out the government’s plans, the Queen said the Fisheries Bill ‘will enable the UK to exercise responsibility for access to fisheries and management of its waters’. It will allow Britain ‘to control access to our territorial waters’ and ‘set our own quotas’.

Welcoming the watershed development, SFF chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “Brexit will automatically remove the UK from the CFP framework, so legislation to ensure that…..(Read More) Source: Fishing News