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 discussions he has had with EU counterparts on the European Court of Justice ruling in February 2018 that a fishing agreement between the EU and Morocco would be invalid if applied to the waters off the coast of 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 this matter. Officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the UK's Permanent Representation to Brussels have had opportunities to discuss the Fisheries Agreement with EU counterparts during regular EU Commission meetings.

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