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IoM still has 'full control' of fisheries, says gov't

UK Fisheries Bill doesn't suggest change of powers

The Isle of Man still has 'full control' of its fisheries, says government.

It's after a clause was added to the UK Fisheries Bill, allowing the British government to impose fishing rules on the self-governing Crown Dependencies.

Government says it's a Permissive Extent Clause (PEC) - a tool used in international relations where the United Kingdom represents the interests of the Isle of Man.

It's assured, the presence of a PEC does not suggest that control has been removed from the Manx government.

The bill was approved by the House of Lords last week (Nov 13) and will now go for Royal Assent.

According to BBC Guernsey, a UK government spokesperson said the clause would 'only be used in exceptional circumstances following full consultation'.

Ministers in the Channel Islands have criticised the move as a violation of the Crown Dependencies' constitutional rights.

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