Hookem: ‘Irresponsible’ EU Want Tariffs On British Fish
The battle to reclaim control of British waters for our fisherman goes on. Mike Hookem MEP, having won a significant victory this week, has revealed that now, desperate to maintain control, the EU has hinted it may impose tariffs on British fish that are being exported into the European Union.
He slammed this move as “irresponsible” and pointed out that it would lead to uproar in both Britain and Europe:
We would be catching our fish and we would be supplying what is 70 to 80 percent of fish that goes into Europe from British waters. It would be irresponsible if they tried to stop this or tried to put tariffs on this.
Many fishmongers around the European Union rely on British fish, they would be screaming out if that supply of fish is stopped.
The British government, Mr. Hookem said was not doing enough for British fishermen. A separate Brexit negotiating table on fisheries is needed to make sure British fishermen regain full control of the UK’s waters, Mr. Hookem insisted.
The European Union and the Common Fisheries Policy have done immense damage to the British fishing industry. Paul Joy, a British fisherman, explained how the CFP has damaged the industry:
“British fisherman face a limit on how much they are allowed to catch – what aggravates us is the share we have in our own waters.
“We are fishing in British waters which was British territorial waters and have to throw back fish but our counterparts, our European fishermen, do not.
UKIP have consistently and proudly supported fishermen and our fishing industry which is a lot more than can be said for this government.