Ships of the British Royal Navy have been mobilized and are ready to be deployed to protect British territorial waters in case of a no- deal Brexit. This has been confirmed the British Ministry of Defense according to media reports in the United Kingdom.
Fishing rights are the main stumbling block on which negotiations between London and Brussels have stalled, having reached the final rush. The four patrol vessels would be given the authority to stop and inspect EU fishing vessels caught operating within the UK's exclusive economic zone, which extends 200 miles from the British coast.
Crews on the patrol vessels will be armed for self- defense but sources have excluded the use of weapons even for warning shots. In recent days the European Union has proposed a one-year extension of the transition period for the fishery, so that a separate agreement can be negotiated in the event of London's final exit from the EU on January 1 with a 'No deal'.
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