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Talks with Norway to reach a deal for 2021 collapsed in April, with no prospect of a deal this year. But Norwegian Fisheries Minister Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen and Victoria Prentis held tight talks on Monday aiming to strike a deal for 2022.
Oslo holds the UK in high regard for its agreement on a future quota deal, Mr Ingebrighten saying Britain is a “constructive partner” in the fishery after Monday’s meeting.
However, a UK national fisheries body said it “would not party” despite the move.
UK Fisheries CEO Jane Sandell told Express.co.uk: “It’s good that the two sides are talking to each other, but you can’t fish for good intentions.
“To run our business and get our teams to work, we need more than just hope that things can work out next year.
“We need quotas that we can fish now, and Defra hasn’t delivered anything to Norwegian waters for this year.
“So we won’t be celebrating right away. “
Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis added: “While we agree on many issues, there are fisheries management issues where we have differences.
“However, the strength of our relationship means that we can discuss areas of disagreement maturely and constructively.
“The UK and Norway have a lot in common as independent coastal states, and with increased investment in our vibrant aquaculture industries, we are both key producers of sustainable seafood. “
In the absence of an agreement with the UK, Norway can set its own quotas and tariffs and vessels such as the deep sea trawler Kirkella cannot fish off Norway.
Kirkella, who is based in Hull, is one of the UK’s largest fishing trawlers and can catch up to 2.3 million fish in a week in the waters off Norway and Greenland.
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French President Emmanuel Macron will later arrive in Ireland for his first official visit.
Mr Macron is due to undertake a day-long visit to Dublin and meet President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Micheal Martin, as well as visit Trinity College and the Guinness Enterprise Center.
It is fulfilling part of Mr Macron’s electoral pledge to visit all 27 EU member states, with Ireland one of only four countries not yet to be removed from his list.
The French President will meet the Irish Taoiseach for a lunch in government buildings, where Brexit, the future of the EU, Covid-19 and the current situation in Afghanistan are expected to be on the agenda.