Western Sahara: Fisheries

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th December 2018.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on fishing rights in Western Sahara.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

I have not had discussions with EU counterparts on fishing rights in Western Sahara. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has been leading for the UK on the substance of the EU's negotiations on the draft amended Fisheries Agreement and draft new Fisheries Protocol with Morocco. We and other EU Member States have had regular discussions with the EU Commission on the issue.

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