Published On: Sun, Aug 18th, 2019

Revealed: EU member states who’s fishing industries at risk | UK | News


Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union at the end of October, with the Prime Minister insisting the UK could still leave the bloc without a deal. Bertie Armstrong, the CEO of the Scottish Fisherman’s Federation, has listed the countries whose fishing industries are facing the biggest impact of Brexit. Mr Armstrong claimed France, Denmark and the Netherlands would see the biggest impact, as a result of the “consequences” of Brexit.

He told Express.co.uk: “Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden to a certain extent and Spain too, will all be affected.

“But, France, Denmark and the Netherlands will have their, under the new regulations, or under new arrangements, will have a decrease in their opportunity.

“There is nothing new here, when the rules changed after the Cod Wars, when the international community decided the way to do this is to award coastal states sovereignty over their own waters…we simply lost fishing grounds around Iceland, Norway, Canada, and those fleets collapsed.

“We are not saying that the European states that presently fish in our waters should collapse, but there needs to be a change.”

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He added: “As Mr Barnier said, there will be consequences of leaving, and one of those consequences is achieving sovereignty over our waters, which is the right thing for a coastal state sitting on the best fishing grounds in the world in the middle of the northern continental shelf with our maritime history.

“That’s where we should be, so those are the nations who should see changes coming along.”

Mr Armstrong also insisted British fishermen were given “assurances immediately” by the Prime Minister’s administration that the industry would be protected.

British fishermen have long been critical of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy, which imposes strict catching quotas among EU countries.

While Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, now the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, had said that from 2021 the UK would control fishing access to a 200 nautical mile zone around its coastline.

But, since then, the scheduled Brexit deadline has been pushed back to October 31 – delayed from the original exit date of March 29 this year, with a new Prime Minister in place.

Despite the British Government insisting Brexit will result in the end of CFP enforced in the UK, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sparked fury after it was suggested she may sign up to the policy if Scotland secured independence in the future.

Brexiteer MP John Redwood has insisted gaining back full control of British waters will be one of the “big wins” from Brexit.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has insisted the fishing industry will be the true “acid test” of Brexit.



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