Fishing chief warns how EU can STILL thrash UK fishermen after taking control of waters
UK fishermen will still struggle to compete with those in the European Union even after taking back control of the country’s waters, an expert has warned.
Brexit: Fisherman says UK needs a ‘firm’ strategy
Paul Lines, chairman of Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance, told Express.co.uk that currently the UK has hardly any rights to fish in their own waters and so the Government needs a firm strategy regarding how to progress the fishing industry after Brexit. But plans must go further than the “taking back control” slogan, as without infrastructure within the British fishing sector the marketplace will continue to be dominated by other European nations.
Mr Lines said: “On January 2 when community waters will become British waters out to two hundred miles or the median line, that is when the transition period ends, and we start to take control and redevelop our fishing industry.
“Because as it is at the moment, we have hardly got any right to fish in what we will call our own waters.
“We have got no vessel and that is where the Government needs a firm strategy on how they intend to make use of this.
“Because you can have all you like, if you do not have infrastructure or boats to catch the fish then the whole marketplace will be Europe’s I’m afraid.
Paul Lines is the chairman of Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance
Mr Lines warned that the EU will continue to dominate the marketplace without UK infrastructure
“Whether people like to think it or not we are not a nation of fishing, but the continent is, and they have got all the markets.”
During the same interview, the British fisherman slammed Nicola Sturgeon’s independence wish list.
Mr Lines stated that the Scottish fishing industry would be an abject failure if Scotland left the UK and joined the European Union as Nicola Sturgeon desires.
The chairman of Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance added that Scotland is part of Great Britain and should follow the UK Government led by Boris Johnson.
Scotland: Fishing would be ‘abject failure’ in EU says fisherman
Mr Lines said: “Scotland has got a devolved Government and they have their own Government, but I can assure you that Scotland in Europe would be an absolute abject failure.
“Because all the weight and energy that we have pushed away from us to regain our waters they will then draw to themselves.
“That will just be a bigger demise for them.”
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