Morocco kicks out EU fishing boats

Morocco has ordered fishing boats to leave their waters following the collapse of an EU deal

The EU paid Morocco £30m every year for the rights to fish in their waters, but after MEPs have said the deal was illegal as it did not benefit the people living in the disputed Western Sahara, where most of the fishing took place, the deal has been withdrawn.

The deal expired in February 2011 and the EU wanted it to be renewed up until February 2012, but on Wednesday MEPs used powers granted through the Lisbon Treaty and voted to block the renewal.

In a statement by the ministry, they said the parliaments decision was ‘regrettable’. and the move could have “serious consequences for co-operation between Morocco and the European Union in fishing.”

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