New talks on fish and seafood between Norway and the UK

Odd Emil IngebrigtsenMinister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen (Conservative Party).Photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB scanpix

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By the New Year, Norway and the UK must agree on a new trade agreement as the transitional agreement after Brexit expires. On Friday, the talks resumed.

Fish and seafood management was the subject of the conversation between Fisheries and Seafood Minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen and his British counterpart Victoria Prentis on Friday, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.

“We discussed matters of great importance. Both how the negotiation process for joint fish stocks between Norway and the UK is set up in 2020, and ambitions and positions for the new cooperation in fisheries management and for seafood trade,” says Fisheries and Seafood Minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen (Høyre).

During the transitional period lasting the rest of this year, Norwegian seafood can be exported on the same terms as before Brexit. After the transition period, the UK becomes a third country, which means that a new agreement between the two countries must be in place from 1 January next year.

“Norway, together with our EEA-EFTA partners Iceland and Liechtenstein, is ready to start negotiations on a trade agreement as soon as possible. The goal is full free trade for seafood,” says Ingebrigtsen.

In the first four months of 2020, Norwegian seafood was exported to the UK for 2.3 billion kroner, up 2 per cent from the same period in 2019.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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