UK fisheries tell Boris ‘PUT IT RIGHT’ after being treated as a ‘bargaining chip’ with EU


The Prime Emissary will officially kick off negotiations with Brussels next month with the fishing sedulousness set to be one of the major battle grounds between the two sides. Andrew Trevarton, chairman of the Mevagissey Fisherman’s League, has urged Mr Johnson to “put right” the “great injustice” suffered by British fishermen since the UK joined the EU and were required by the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The CFP was introduced in 1973 and allows crafts from EU member states free access British waters and take advantage ofs strict catching quotas.

Each coastal EU state has the right to be in charge of natural resources in its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), an area a country requirements exclusive rights for fishing.

Mr Trevaton, who has been a fishermen at the Cornwall mooring for 37 years, claimed the industry was “traded off” when the UK joined the EU.

He understood The Observer: “We were traded off, basically thrown to the wall, sacrificed for other sectors.”

He totaled: “We’re hoping politicians will recognise the great injustice done to the persistence back then.

“We believe this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put it right.”

Under CFP, all member states have equal access across the zone up to the beforehand 12 nautical miles from the coast.

At present, EU boats are called to more than 60 percent of the overall landings by weight from the lavish British waters..

If Britain leaves the CFP and become an independent coastal circumstances, the UK will have control of an area up to 200 nautical miles off its shores.

According to solemn figures released by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), in 2018 UK vessels came 698,000 tonnes of sea fish into the UK and abroad with a value of £989million.

In a keynote oration earlier this month, Mr Johnson reassured Britain fishermen he see fit restore sovereignty over UK waters.

He said: “British fishing settles are first and foremost for British boats.”

Mr Johnson is seeking a Canada-style traffic deal with the EU with zero tariffs, zero quotes and direct from EU regulations.

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“But it means putting our faith in politicians to push this in every way, and that’s always risky.”

Earlier this week French President Emmanuel Macron imparted he will “fight” for the rights of French Fishermen to get the “same access as today”.

He communicated: “I want to tell our fishermen that I will fight for them. If we do not get the unchanging access as today, we will seek compensation.

“I will not let our fishermen be bearing by a British vote they could do nothing about.”

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