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UK will not back down on fisheries policy in EU talks - Gove

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FILE PHOTO: Supporters sail ahead of protests, staged by fishermen and fishing communities from the campaign group 'Fishing for Leave' in ports across the country, against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit transition deal, in Hastings
FILE PHOTO: Supporters sail ahead of protests, staged by fishermen and fishing communities from the campaign group 'Fishing for Leave' in ports across the country, against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit transition deal, in Hastings

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not back down on its demands to the European Union over fisheries, minister Michael Gove said in an Oct. 26 letter sent to a minister in the devolved Welsh government.

Responding to concerns set out by Jeremy Miles, Wales's Minister for European Transition, Gove wrote:

"I am afraid we strongly disagree with your premise that we should ‘back down’ on fisheries.

"The UK Government’s view is that in all circumstances, the UK must be an independent coastal state, no longer be bound by the Common Fisheries Policy."

(Reporting by William James; editing by Kate Holton)