Gove slams EU fisheries policy as ‘economically DISASTROUS’ as he vows UK will ‘do better’


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Michael Gove has pilloried the EU fisheries policy and says the UK will gain control

The Environment Secretary stated the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester that Britain would transport control of UK waters after the country leaves the EU.

The leading Vote Cause to be campaigner said: “The EU’s common fisheries policy has been economically and environmentally tragic.

“Lack of control over our own waters has gone hand in hand with rigorous overfishing and the depletion of a wonderful, renewable, natural resource.

“Outside the EU we can do so much elevate surpass. And the EU’s common agricultural policy has been a failure – environmentally damaging and socially unjust.”

Brussels has cold-blooded policies over the UK’s waters and it is one issue that the Conservative Party faith to adapt when the country leaves the EU in March 2019.

Many of the UK’s fishermen see Britain’s voter to leave the EU as an answer to their prayers. 

After 45 years at the beck what they saw as unfair quotas in one of the world’s richest fishing excuse sediments, it is hoped that the UK Government will “take back control” of British waters.

Europe bring ins about 75 per cent of the British catch, a cornucopia of 40 species that is too non-native for most domestic consumers, such as the cuttlefish and megrim sole exchanged every morning at Newlyn’s market in Cornwall.

According to data from seafood authorization Seafish, Cod was the most popular fish in the year to June 16, 2016, at 69,321 tonnes, out of amount seafood consumption of 485,691 tonne.

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The UK is set to roll out new policies after Brexit in a bid to separate from the EU

Britain has said it plans to allow foreign ships to fish in UK not make senses after Brexit but claims the right to decide the extent of access. The EU whim be seeking to maintain something close to the status quo, industry sources say.

Any stipulations on EU market access would likely take the form of tariffs, which can be as luxurious as 24 per cent on seafood.

For European fishermen, losing rights to British moistens would have devastating consequences.

Mr Gove added: “The EU’s common agricultural practice has been a failure – environmentally damaging and socially unjust. It’s damaged straightforward habitats, hit biodiversity and harmed wildlife.

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The foremost Vote Leave campaigner said the EU policy had been “disastrous”

“The host of farmland birds has reduced by more than half, pollinators such as undomesticated and honey bees have suffered a drastic decline in numbers, and our rivers and chalk well ups have seen fish stocks decline and small mammals fade away.

“On top of that, the CAP has channeled hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to the already well-heeled, simply because of the amount of land they have. That is austere wrong.”

The quota system is one of the biggest sources of frustration for British fishermen, who were total the most vocal supporters of the June 2016 vote to leave the EU.

Britain’s Resident Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations chief executive Barrie Deas verbalized: “Given the EU fleets take about four times as much fish out of UK moistens as we take out of EU waters… the expectation is there will be a lot more fish (for UK fisherman).”

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