The Flemish government argues it can invoke a charter that dates back to 1666 to secure its right to fish in U.K. waters if there’s no deal on fisheries before the end of the Brexit transition period.
It turns out that King Charles II granted “eternal access” to fifty fishermen from Bruges way back in 1666.
It sounds like a joke, but a spokesperson for Flemish Fisheries Minister, Hilde Crevits has claimed that the charted “has been confirmed by a U.K. lawyer in 1820.”
That’s a mere ten years before Belgium was founded.
After seeking legal guidance, the government of Flanders has sent a copy of the charter to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.
One of the things I love about living in Belgium is the surrealism of the country’s politics.