Brexit fishing outrage: UK ‘will not take back control of its waters’ as Boris Johnson has condemned | United Kingdom | New
France remains convinced that it can emerge victorious from the current dispute over Brexit on fishing, while President Emmanuel Macron warns that he “will not give in”. On a visit to Aulnoye-Ameries in northern France, he said: “We don’t have what we wanted. They’re playing on our nerves. We won’t give in.” Mr Macron’s administration said Boris Johnson’s government should have issued more licenses to French boats to fish in UK territorial waters. But the UK responded by saying it was sticking to the agreed-upon arrangements.
The EU and the UK reached an agreement in January, leading to changes in the fishing quotas enjoyed by European vessels in UK waters.
The agreement ensures that 25 per cent 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, Professor Jonathan Portes of Kings College London told Express.co.uk the UK would not be able to regain full control of its waters.
He said: “I think the change is gradual and will be renegotiated in five years, but the fundamental structural reasons why the UK will not be able to regain full control remain.
âThere are clearly winners and losers in the UK fishing industry. People who export a lot to the EU, especially those who sell shellfish to the EU.
âOther fishermen who now have more catches have won, and of course this is complicated by the fact that much of our fishing industry is owned by outsiders.
“It’s a pretty complicated picture.”
When Prime Minister Johnson struck his trade deal last year, many fishermen were disappointed with the outcome.
The Sunday Mirror reported in August that Â£ 31.8million in additional fish pledged to Parliament “does not exist”.
This money should have come from a large increase in the sole and plaice quota.
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But James White, 38, a fisherman from Felixstowe, said: âThey can multiply the quota by a hundred and we won’t be able to catch more. These fish do not exist.
Industry expert Terri Portmann, who advised MEPs after Brexit, said: âThe assessment is a boost. The fishermen were sewn.
As Professor Portes pointed out, some regions have seen their fishing industry deteriorate since the UK left the EU.
Kingston upon Hull Labor MP Emma Hardy wrote for the Yorkshire Post in May, describing the hardships faced by fishermen in Hull.
She said: âNot so long ago our fishermen were promised a ‘sea of ââopportunity.’ Today small fishing boats are moored and idle along the Yorkshire coast and across the coast. -of the.
âHigh quality catches are rotting on the docks, with our fishermen now trapped in a net of red tape that makes exporting their catch to mainland markets untenable.
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‘If that wasn’t doing enough damage, the once-proud British fleet of distant waters, whose last remaining ships still bring jobs and great economic benefit to Hull, was dug below the waterline by a government that did not failed to secure a single fishery. deal with any of its northern coastal neighbors. That’s right, not a single one.
Fishing industries in parts of France have also been affected by Brexit as they see their landing potential reduced.
The country’s Minister of the Navy said France will have to compensate its fishermen.
She said: “I can tell you that we will have a package of at least â¬ 40million (Â£ 33million) to help them with their finances.”