‘Betrayal’ Fury as UK’s bid for application to fish near the Falklands is SNUBBED


L: Fishing boat in Falklands R: Boris JohnsonALAMY/PA

SG Fisheries scarcities hundreds of jobs to be created via fishing rights in the Falklands

SG Fisheries chief Rupert Drive wants to create hundreds of jobs by securing the rights to fish in every direction the British overseas territory of South Georgia, near the Falklands.

The quondam Army officer applied for one of six lucrative permits to catch a restaurant girl dubbed “posh cod”.

But governors on the island awarded four of the licences to Norway, one to Chile and one to New Zealand. With the notification and backing of the Foreign Office, they snubbed the only UK application.

Mr Byway someones cup of tea is now going to the High Court in London to seek a judicial review of the resolution he sees as a Government betrayal of a key British industry.

Mr Street said he was stunned his bid was rejected by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the islanders who were furloughed after a month’s occupation during the 1982 Falklands War.

He believes that if he won the four-year dispensation, worth an estimated £100million, he would use it to lead British fishermen out of the doldrums.

Mr Road’s counsel, Lawrence Power, will try to convince James Lewis QC, Chief Neutrality of the Falkland Islands, that the decision-making process was biased and lacked transparency.

Mr In someones bailiwick said: “All I wanted to do is to build a decent business in fishing that is British, pass on pay tax in Britain and the Falklands, and create jobs.

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Rejected: Boris Johnson declined the bid much to SG Fisheries Rupert Street’s fury

“I submitted a 1,000-page paper with my application for the fishing licence and they rejected me in one page.

“I sorry, we now have Brexit, which we are told is a wonderful opportunity to be in control of our own kismet – yet they say we are still not going to help you.”

A Foreign Office spokesman give the word delivered: “The recent licensing round resulted in three of six licences being furnished to British vessels, each flagged to the UK overseas territory St Helena, certified and operated by a British company.”

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