Norway, UK Preparing for Joint ‘Cod War’ Against EU

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The Norwegian Coast Guard has increased its presence in the North Sea and is monitoring the situation to be ready in the event of an escalation. Its commander, Oliver Bredal, cited mutual understanding with the UK and emphasised that access denial to Norwegian economic zones will be primarily aimed at the EU fishing fleet.

The Norwegian Navy has confirmed that they have increased the presence of Coast Guard vessels in the North Sea in anticipation of Brexit.

The Norwegian government announced that fishing boats from lands without a valid fishing agreement with Norway would be banned from Norwegian territorial waters starting from New Year onwards.

However, Norway and the UK may finalise a joint new fisheries agreement already in the New Year, the newspaper Nationen reported. This means that the Coast Guard is first and foremost prepared to chase the EU fishing fleet out of fishing zones belonging in Norway.

Commander Oliver Berdal, the new head of the Coast Guard, confirmed that the Coast Guard has increased its presence in the North Sea and is monitoring the situation to be ready in the event of an escalation.

He emphasised that he perceives the relations between Norway and the UK as clarified and that access denial to Norwegian economic zones at the turn of the year is primarily aimed at the EU fishing fleet.

Earlier this month, four UK Royal Navy vessels were sent to patrol Britain’s fishing waters. With no…

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