Brexit news: Fisherman makes a sincere appeal to Boris to help the industry | Politics | News
The EU and the UK reached an agreement in January 2021, leading to changes in fishing quotas for European vessels in UK waters. But EU boats can still fish in UK waters for another four years as the UK struggles to regain control of its coastal waters.
The agreement ensures that 25 percent of the fishing rights of EU vessels in UK waters will be transferred to the UK fleet over a period of five years.
After that, annual negotiations will decide how the catch will be split between the UK and the EU, and Britain would have the right to exclude boats from the EU completely after 2026.
However, leading fishing experts have warned that the UK fishing industry has already been destroyed after 40 years of EU membership.
Today Paul Lines, Chairman of the Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance, made a sincere appeal to the government to help rebuild the once thriving British fishing industry.
He told Express.co.uk: âI’m 64 and slowly losing the will to fish.
âMy last years, I am working to prepare a boat for my son.
“And I would like our government to help it too and try to make it succeed.
“I want to see some recognition for the fishing industry and the communities before I die.”
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However, Mr Lines accused former Brexit negotiator Lord Frost of ‘dumping all fishermen’ in the trash and urging Liz Truss to invoke Article 16 now.
He added: âLord Frost threw all the fishermen and fishing industries in the trash.
âThe only silver lining we have is if Liz Truss invokes Article 16 and rescinds the deal.
“Take your boats and fuck, you’re not coming here.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit fishing deal with Norway has also come under fire, with members of the UK fishing industry saying it couldn’t have been much worse.
The deal is valued at Â£ 190million for the UK fishing industry in 2022.
But UK Fisheries chief executive Jane Sandell said she felt “devastated” for the 100 crew of the Hull-based Kirkella, which, under a previous deal with the EU, could catch 14,000 tonnes of cod in arctic waters around Svalbard and Norway.
While under the UK-Norway deal announced in December, this has been halved to 7,000 tonnes.
Westminster introduced the Fisheries Act, which was enshrined into law in November 2020.
The law is underpinned by the goal of sustainability and control which fishes in UK waters through a new licensing regime for foreign vessels.
It also gives the UK the power to enforce new rules to protect marine protected areas (MPAs) across the country.
Express.co.uk has contacted the government for comment