Brexit news: Boris ‘sold out’ fishermen and betrayed ‘coast people’, says former MEP | Politics | New
The Prime Minister posted a video on Twitter of him backing Helen Hurford in the Tiverton and Honiton by-elections. Mr Johnson said the Tory candidate would ‘stand up for British food and farming’.
In the clip, Mr Johnson and Ms Hurford visited a farm in the constituency and touted Tory support for ‘food and farming’.
He said: “Vote for Helen Hurford to stand up for British food and farming on June 23.”
However, June Mummery, founder of Renaissance of the East Anglian Fisheries, blasted the Prime Minister’s calls to support British food on social media.
The former Brexit Party MEP said on Twitter after Mr Johnson’s call to vote: ‘Are you sticking with British food?
“We have an ocean full of fish, but British fishermen cannot catch any.
“80% of the fish caught by the EU comes from British waters. These vessels pound our waters without oversight or regulation.
“You have sold out the British fisherman and betrayed the people of the coast.”
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A report, a collaboration between the University of York, the New Economics Foundation, the University of Lincoln and marine advisory service ABPmer, said that despite government claims, the UK’s total catch will only reach 107,000 tonnes per year, or 12.4% in value for all species, by 2025.
Dr Bryce Stewart, from the Department of Environment and Geography at the University of York, said: “The government’s promises on Brexit and its benefits for the fishing industry far exceeded what could be realized.
“The industry has become a Brexit icon claiming it will right past injustices and breathe new life into neglected coastal communities, but our study reveals the gap between rhetoric and reality.”
The researchers analyzed all available data on catch quotas, actual landings and the proportions of different species of fish living in UK waters.
Dr Stewart added: “Most of the significant increases in catch quotas are in just a few fisheries such as western mackerel and North Sea sole and herring.
“Most fishers, especially those using small boats, have seen little or no benefit, so due to new trade challenges they are likely to be worse off.
“Many people in coastal communities who pinned their hopes on post-Brexit reforms feel betrayed and this comes at a significant cost to their well-being and mental health.”
The Resolution Foundation think tank also warned in a report that Brexit would bring “painful adjustments” to Scotland’s fishing industry.
Production in the fishing industry, which is largely based in Scotland, is expected to fall by 30%.
Sophie Hale, senior economist at the Resolution Foundation, said: ‘Brexit represents the biggest change in Britain’s economic relationship with the rest of the world in half a century.
“Some sectors – including fisheries – still face significant change in the years to come, but the overall service-driven nature of the UK economy will remain largely unchanged.”