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ROCK ON ROCKALL

By Patrick Van Roy On January 5th, 2021

Guest post by Paul

The first casualty of Brexit?

Rockall is an uninhabited island in the North Atlantic Ocean claimed by Britain in 1955 Ireland does not recognize the UK's claim, although it has never sought to claim sovereignty for itself. The consistent position of successive Irish Governments has been that Rockall and similar rocks and skerries have no significance for establishing legal claims to mineral rights in the adjacent seabed or to fishing rights in the surrounding seas: Link

Today a Marine Scotland Patrol Boat prevented a Donegal trawler from fishing within 12

nautical miles of Rockall:

It should be interesting to see how such moves are reciprocated for British flights flying west

over Irish airspace.

9 Responses to “ROCK ON ROCKALL”

  1. It should be interesting to see how such moves are reciprocated for British flights flying west over Irish airspace.

    The Royal Air Force defends Irish air space. Good luck with Russian Bears and hijacked airliners without us.

  2. Good luck with Russian Bears and hijacked airliners without us

    Yeah, because they’re all so terrible and the Brits are just sooooo altruistic with their RAF.

    You believe in reciprocity yeah? Let’s see what happens with Brit west bound flights.

  3. Let’s see what happens with Brit west bound flights.

    Nothing is going to happen to British Westbound flights.

    Do I think the UK has the right to stop Irish boats there, no. But, that’s a diplomatic matter and will be handled diplomatically.

    Britain is a former world giant. It’d be like Elvis at 70 if he had lived that long. The colonel would still be shilling him based on past glories. The most intelligent life on Rockall knows, actually scratch that. They are now bullying Irish fishermen around a piece of rock jutting out of the water. But, Ireland is one of their few friends in the international arena. And they are playing silly buggers.

  4. But, that’s a diplomatic matter and will be handled diplomatically.

    Let’s hope so.

  5. Today a Marine Scotland Patrol Boat prevented a Donegal trawler from fishing within 12 nautical miles of Rockall

    Oh for fucks sake.

  6. The UK’s claim is a fairly dubious interpretation of the law of the sea.

    Fish away, lads!

    If anything happens, keep your notes on file…in a filing cabinet.

  7. Wasn’t it all worth it. What a fantastic triumph for ‘Brexit Britain’ . Now we can stop an Irish fishing boat. Doesn’t that make everyone in the UK better off. Now if only we can find ways of angering and annoying and creating hostility with the other 26 EU countries close to us it will be perfect. That’s the best jingoistic way forward with our brave new ‘freedoms’.

    Pathetic.

  8. sure is colm
    but the pin-heads see this as asserting British Sovereignty , and getting one over the uppity paddies will be toasted in lil-englander homes across the land at dinner tables

  9. The UK’s claim is a fairly dubious interpretation of the law of the sea

    Precisely the point made in the first link, Reg.

    Indeed Colm. I’m sure this kind of petty acrimony will completely be forgotten when it comes to negotiating a trade deal for services.