Germany’s fleet pulls up around half its catch from British waters in the western reaches of the North Sea. That’s allowed under EU regulations. But what will happen post-Brexit?
Negotiations for the first post-Brexit EU budget will start in 2018. Germany will be the biggest contributor to the budget. Will it use its leverage to make recalcitrant member states like Poland behave differently?
So who has the ball right now? An easy enough question to answer in football, but harder on the political playing field - and even more difficult when it comes to Brexit, says Barbara Wesel.
Contention over post-Brexit environmental regulation is bubbling over as the UK withdraws from a European fishing convention. Campaigners are concerned that important cross-border marine protections may be rolled back.
It's about control: at least when it comes to fish, the UK has made a catch. Citizens' rights, though, remain contentious and concern consumes the financial sector in London.
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