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1. The European Commission has published a statement in the form of questions and answers regarding the current state of play regarding readiness of the fishery sector for the UK exit from the EU. The information indicates that EU control regulations will no longer apply to the United Kingdom and that UK authorities will not be allowed to carry out inspections in Union waters. It confirms that the fishing opportunities regulation 2019 will no longer applies to the United Kingdom and that UK will have to define the fishing opportunities for UK vessels in domestic legislation. Union vessels will not be authorised under EU law to fish in UK waters after the withdrawal date, and any access arrangements will be at the discretion of the UK Government, and only with express permission of the EU Member State concerned. It will be up to the UK to decide whether to retain 2019 quotas, but EU 27 vessels will remain bound by the TACs and quota regulation. In order to address the potential economic cost of a temporary disruption to access to UK waters for affected fishery operators, the EU has provided the possibility to use the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to compensation its fishers for temporary cessation of fishing activities. Access to UK ports for EU vessels will be covered by EU rules. UK vessels may continue to land in EU ports, subject to compliance with the rules applicable to third-country vessels, notably on designated ports and prior notice. The EU has indicated that it is ready to provide continued access to its waters until 31 December 2019, if the United Kingdom will provide access to its waters for the EU vessels and respects the terms of the fishing opportunities regulation 2019. On withdrawal, the UK control and enforcement authorities will not have access to Union fishing vessel monitoring system (VMS) data and logbook data from FLUX. There will be no mechanism in place for any further quota swap arrangements between EU27 and UK operators. As of the withdrawal date, the EU's WTO Tariff Schedule will apply to fishery products imported from the UK.
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