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Manx fishing rights under threat after UK bill approved

Channel Island ministers condemn move

The right to fish in Manx waters could be negotiated by the UK without the consent of the government here. 

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.

The bill was approved by the House of Lords this 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.

The Manx government has been contacted for a response.

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