During the long drawn-out court battle, lawyers for the Spanish fishermen had argued that the British Government "took a calculated and cynical risk" when it introduced anti quota-hopping
Mr Blair won good deals for the UK on borders, jobs and defence and paved the way for an end to the fish quota-hopping
row with half the Spanish catches to be landed in UK ports.
A classic example is the question of quota-hopping
, which is vital to our fishermen.
The deal over quota-hopping
,which allows foreign trawlers to scoop up Britain's EU quota of catches, could come within weeks, Mr Santer said.
Fisheries commissioner Emma Bonino said:"The European Court has already ruled that quota-hopping is legal and I would expect Britain to continue to abide by the law.
But Prime Minister John Major claimed: "I have not a shred of intention of cutting the British catch unless we get a satisfactory agreement on quota-hopping.
Foreign boats with UK licences already take up part of our quota and Britain has vowed to block the EU cuts until so-called quota-hopping is ended.
John Major claimed: "I have not a shred of intention of cutting the British catch until or unless we get a satisfactory agreement on quota-hopping.
Labour believes no reductions in catches should take place before the issue of quota-hopping
has been resolved.
in UK waters has been a threat to our fishing industry for years, but the Government has done nothing about it.
He demanded Britain pull out of the Common Fisheries Policy unless action was taken to stop quota-hopping