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Brexit LIVE: EU issues ultimatum by Norway in tense ‘cod war’ | Politics | New

The row centers on Svalbard in the Arctic Circle, a territory created in 1920 and ruled by Norway. The country also claims sovereignty over the archipelago’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for fishing within a 200-mile radius and stresses that it is responsible for setting quotas for all fish stocks in the region.

Oslo allocated 18,000 tonnes of cod to EU vessels for 2021 due to the UK’s departure from the EU, reducing the bloc’s share.

However, Eurocrats are not happy that Oslo has set the quotas and allocated EU member states a cod quota of 29,000 tonnes for fishing off Svalbard.

This is contrary to Norway’s sovereign rights under the law of the sea, the Oslo clams, which take the EU’s unilateral quota setting very seriously.

As Norway prepares for a new prime minister in the coming weeks, the outgoing government led by Erna Solberg and a future left-wing Labor government have made their message clear to the EU to deal with the issue.

Audun Halvorsen, State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stressed that there was “no basis in international law for the European Union to set quotas in Norwegian waters”.

The Norwegian government says it has “noted the growing interest of the EU in the Arctic”.

But he warns that the EU’s action could have “implications for foreign and security policy”.

The Labor Party, led by Jonas Gahr Støre, which is expected to form a government in a few weeks, has also said it will keep pressure on the statute to respect Norway’s sovereignty.


8am update: Welsh lamb from the Cambrian mountains has been granted special Brexit status in the UK

The Welsh Lamb from the Cambrian Mountains has become the latest food to be granted protected status in the UK after Brexit.

The meat, from lambs born and raised in the Cambrian Mountains region of central Wales, has been registered under the geographical indication scheme.

It aims to ensure that popular and traditional products from all over the country are recognized for their authenticity and origin, and therefore cannot be imitated.