Brexit deal ‘demands’ future ‘compromise’ on fishing says expert
Speaking to Express.co.uk, the former MEP and Brexit Party leader described the deal for fisheries as “so awful it’s not true”. He accused the Prime Minister of betraying the coastal communities who voted for Brexit in 2016 and helped secure his huge Commons majority in the 2019 general election.
The lifelong eurosceptic told this website: “The fishing deal, it’s so awful it’s not true.
“We still have French, Dutch, Belgium trawlers fishing up to six miles from the Kent shoreline in pretty much an unregulated manner, and there isn’t much we can do about it. That’s unacceptable.
“We still have the factory ships operating in the Channel catching hundreds of thousands a day of herrings, mackerel, all those fish that make up vital parts of the food chain.”
The Government agreed to a five year and a half transition period for fishing that would allow continued access to UK waters for European vessels.
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Each year Britain’s catch quota would increase, with an increase of 25 percent by 2026.
No firm decision on how big a quota European fisheries will get after the transition has been made, with the power solely in the UK’s hands.
At the same time, since the implementation of the trade deal on January 1 fisheries have experienced problems exporting to the continent.
Increased paperwork and red tape due to Brexit has caused delays in sending fish to the EU.
Fishing relies on swift exports in order for catch to arrive at market when still fresh.
Contracts with firms on the continent are being cancelled due to the slower delivery times.
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Mr Farage said there was a real “anger amongst the fishing the community” as many felt they had been abandoned by the Government in order to secure a trade deal.
“They are really upset. They’re struggling to survive,” he said.
Despite the MEP being critical of the deal himself, Mr Farage told Express.co.uk fishermen had turned on him in outrage.
“I’ve even been abused,” he said.
Surprised at blame being attributed to him, he added he tells fisheries: “Hang on guys, I wouldn’t have negotiated this.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the problems facing fisheries as “teething problems”.
He said: “Be in no doubt, over the medium term and much more over the long term, the changes are very, very beneficial for Scottish fishing.”
Mr Johnson has unveiled a £23million compensation package to help those fishing businesses struggling to adapt to the new trading relationship.
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