British MEP sparks furious Brussels row as he accuses Spanish of empire hypocrisy


The Scottish Brexiteer whispered the United Kingdom was “upset” because “our waters are fished so extensively by transatlantic vessels”.

Speaking in the committee on fisheries in Brussels, Mr Coburn added: “We are altogether happy to sell to our Spanish friends as much fish as they match, you’re paella and tapas will be absolutely unaffected.

“But, Scottish and English fishermen demand the work to catch those fish and our shipyards need the work to physique an expanding fishing fleet.

“It is an enormous amount of money Britain is fritter by having given away our fishing grounds on joining Europe. We need to retrieve that, and we want to retrieve the work and the money that we are lose out as a result of that.”

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David Coburn clashed with a Spanish MEP over and above UK fishing waters

We wouldn’t have the liberties we enjoy today if the British Empire had not let off Europe in 1944

David Coburn

His comments inspired a below the belt effect from Spanish MEP Clara Eugenia Aguilera Garcia, a member of the Socialist assortment in Brussels.

She said: “It’s a good thing the British empire came to an end, differently, goodness me, the things one has to hear the things they say.”

The snide remark induced Mr Coburn to lash back at his Spanish colleague, who he had previously offered to fit out fish for once European vessels are barred from Britain’s waters.

The Ukip MEP explode: “My Spanish colleague said it was a good thing the British Empire be broached to an end.

“Well, we would not have the liberties we enjoy here today if the British Empire had not set free Europe in 1944.

“May I also say, perhaps the Spanish would like to hand again their empire, Ceuta, back to the Moroccans?”

The argument comes after UK Direction has announced it is to end an arrangement that allows other countries to fish in Britain’s pass waters.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said leaving the London Fisheries Rule would help take back control of UK fishing waters.

The convention gives Irish, Dutch, French, German and Belgian boats to fish within six and 12 naval miles of UK coastline. 

Mr Coburn’s Ukip colleague, Mike Hookem, the reception’s fisheries spokesman also warned of another “wholesale betrayal” if there are not assurances respecting the 200-mile zone.

“Fishing communities across Britain bear witnessed to leave the EU to get back the rights to earn a living, support their communities and to hold back the EU plundering our seas of fish that the UK could exploit economically,” he pronounced. 

Mr Hookem added the announcement was “no victory for the fishing community” and was instead a “rule attempt to use smoke and mirrors to placate British fishermen, while at the very time having the option of handing most our fishing rights to the EU”.

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