The president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is braced for huge infighting from EU members states over its fishing industry, once the UK is free from the shackles of Brussels. British fisherman have long been restricted by the EU’s governance of UK waters under the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The CFP allows vessels from EU member states free access British waters and imposes strict catching quotas.
Jin-Hyun Paik, president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, expects clashes between EU nations once Britain leaves the CFP.
Mr Paik in an interview with German newspaper ‘Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung’, he said: “If the UK leaves the EU, it will probably run its own fisheries policy, which will create tensions with other EU states.
“We might have to potentially deal with these issues.”
Nigel Farage has previously branded fishing the “acid test” of Brexit and outlined the flaws in the current laws.
The Brexit Party leader explained a scenario when fisherman caught “a very big haul of bass but didn’t have the quotas for it”.
He added: “So they had to dump back eight tonnes of dead bass, I mean that is madness.
“All of this is because of EU rules.”
Mr Farage stated fisherman would be the main beneficiaries of Brexit and they would be “betrayed more than anybody” if it was not delivered.
The Tribunal monitors compliance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
However Mr Paik pointed out how difficult it is to actually enforce international law in maritime conflicts.
He added: “In disputes that affect the influence and interests of great powers, international law and international organisations often reach their limits, which unfortunately is the reality of the international community today.”
Another potential source of conflict has been identified between Chinese authorities and other nations in the disputed South China Sea.
Mr Paik added: “The situation in the South China Sea is not without its dangers – despite all the international talks, I hope that the situation will not escalate and the talks will allow a peaceful solution.”