Over 10,000 Sign UKIP Petition Against EU Fishing Legislation
Mike Hookem, one of UKIP’s MEPs for Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire, has this week launched a petition to the government with the aim of scrapping the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.
Under this policy, the UK has lost its fishing rights in 70% of the waters in which we should be legally entitled to fish, resulting in the loss of 60% of our ships and £1.6bn worth of fish each year. Employment in the industry has halved and many communities and towns have been left decimated by the policy.
The EU legislation also means that many fishermen have to discard up to 50% of what they catch, which is perfectly good quality and edible in most cases.
The petition, which was launched this week alongside a UKIP video explaining how crucial it is that we leave the CFP, has already gained over 10,000 signatures and is rising very quickly! You can sign the petition here.
— UKIP (@UKIP) November 8, 2017
Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “the response to the petition has been amazing so far, with over 6,000 signatures in the first 48 hours. However, we still have a long way to go if we are going to get the 100,000 signatures we need to force a Commons debate.
“Throughout the referendum, the fishing community of Great Britain was one of the loudest voices in the Leave camp, as they have seen first-hand how disastrous EU policy can be to our country.
“The fishing communities simply want the right to make a living through reclaiming the 200-mile exclusive economic zone we are entitled to under international law and repatriating the 70% of the total allowable catch in British waters that are currently taken by EU vessels.”
Fishing was one of the key areas of debate during the referendum, with an estimated 92% of fishermen voting leave according to a poll in the last week of campaigning before the historic vote on June 23rd last year.