Theyve sold us down the f*****g river! British fishermen hit out on Brexit anniversary
UK and EU agree new £333 million fishing deal
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Five years ago today, the British public voted to leave the European Union and after four years of negotiations, Britain finally signed a Brexit trade deal in December last year. The UK left the EU single market on January 1.
Under the trade deal secured by Boris Johnson, the EU was allowed to keep 75 percent of the value of the fish it now catches in UK waters, with 25 percent being returned to British fishermen over a transition period until June 2026.
From 2026, Britain will be able to cut quotas or exclude boats in a zone of 6-12 nautical miles.
However, British fishermen have said their trade has been made more difficult due to Mr Johnson’s Brexit trade deal.
Skipper Graham Nicholas said he would never vote again as the Government have sold fishermen “down the f*****g river”.
He told the Independent: “I voted [Tory] at the last election to get Brexit done, and they’ve sold us down the f*****g river.
“I’d never vote again except they say you can’t moan if you don’t vote – and I’ll admit I like a good moan.”
Mr Nicholas added: “But if we’re so unimportant, how comes the Europeans fought so f****g hard for their fishermen?
“We got stitched up.
“Fishing was used to win Brexit and then we got sold out.”
Paul Trebilcock, chief executive of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation, representing 170 boats across Cornwall, said the fishing industry was “sacrificed” to secure a deal.
He said: “Fishing was used as a poster boy for the whole Brexit project and then, when it came to the final analysis, it was basically sacrificed to secure a trade deal.
“For the government to say this is a good result, it’s derisory.
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“What people voted for was for the UK to act like an independent coastal state again.
“That has not been delivered.
“This motto, take back control.
“We haven’t even taken back control of our own waters.”
The UK took back control of its waters after Brexit and EU vessels now have to apply for a licence.
French fishermen must now prove they have previously operated in UK waters through GPS data, however many do not have such technology.
The UK left the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy and now manages its own territorial waters.
The area comprises up to 12 nautical miles from the shores of Britain and the Exclusive Economic Zone, which stretches 200 nautical miles.
The UK Single Issuing Authority (SIA) has been set up to issue licences to both UK and non-UK vessels authorising access to UK waters to fish.
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