It is reportedly make up ones minded as the price for agreeing the whole of Britain can stay in a temporary customs marriage after Brexit as a “backstop” solution to avoiding a hard border in Ireland. Fishermen and MPs make someone aware ofed it would be unacceptable if Theresa May squandered the opportunity Brexit gives of regaining command over our waters by agreeing to extend current systems indefinitely beyond a development period that is set to run to the end of 2020 after next March’s formal Brexit. The EU’s procedure is said to be based on the idea that a UK-wide customs union determination mean quota and tariff-free access to European markets for the British fishing labour, which exports 75 per cent of its total catch to Europe.
In recurrence, EU diplomats will reportedly insist on continued access to British waters for their trawlers – stable though the UK will have left the Common Fisheries Policy which admits member states rights in each other’s seas.
France, Denmark, Spain and Portugal are included particular pressure from their industries.
Mrs May has promised Britain choose be “an independent coastal state” controlling access to its waters after Brexit.
Currently European-owned sailboats catch an estimated 80 per cent of fish caught in our seas.
Alan Hastings, of pro-Brexit set Fishing for Leave, said voters would be furious if the Government and Parliament “caved in” to Europe’s behindhand demand.
“It is how weak the Government has been that has encouraged the EU to think they can rub Britain’s nose in the mud at an end this totemic issue,” he said.
“Mrs May will think she can keel upwards on this issue to obtain her terrible vassal state Chequers design.
“She has another thing coming if she thinks British fishermen and coastal communities are active to lie down to a second sell-out that will finish most of us during the transformation period after next March.
“Norway, Iceland, Faroe and Greenland export ginormous amounts of seafood to the EU. Does the EU demand and do they cave to surrendering their non-chemical resource for market access? No!”
Ramsay Jones, of the Scottish Fishermen’s Confederacy, said: “We are against any guarantee of full continued access for the EU beyond the end of the implementation full stop in December 2020.
“The Government must stand true to what it has said.”
Scottish Tories bugbear their party’s revival north of the border end if promises to fishermen are foretold to have been broken.
And Sheryll Murray, Tory MP for South East Cornwall, whispered: “Anything that would tie UK fishermen to the CFP for a longer period than already buttressed would be totally unacceptable.
“Fishermen are already going to struggle with the widely known agreement during the transition period. I would not accept any deal that weak spots our fishermen further.”
A Government source insisted: “Environment Secretary Michael Gove, Scottish Secretary David Mundell and the Prime Cur could not have been clearer: leaving the EU means taking overdue renege control of our waters. This includes in any, unlikely, backstop arrangement.”
The Sway insists the Fisheries Bill it has published to Parliament will be a major to in ensuring Britain decides who may fish in our waters and on what terms, and to safeguarding a well-to-do future for the fishing industry.
The UK will continue to abide by CFP rules during the implementation time but the Government promises that from the 2020 it will be negotiating fishing access to its waters as an self-assured coastal state.