‘Legal Purgatory’ – Fishing For Leave BLASTS Transitional Deal
Fishing For Leave, which represents fisherman across Britain, has called for fishing to be exempt from any transitional deal and warned that such a deal would mire Britain in “legal purgatory”.
Fishing for Leave spokesman Alan Hastings said:
If we fail to break free from the Common Fisheries Policy the EU will be free to implement policy changes to our detriment.
“We doubt the EU 27 would feel charitable to their political prisoner who has no representation but abundant fishing waters.
He went on to warn:
Once we have lost our industry there is no way back from this Catch 22 – if we do not have the fleet we cannot catch the ‘surplus’ and if we do not have the ‘surplus’ we cannot maintain a fleet. With this we will also lose a generation and their skills which are irretrievable.It
Although Theresa May has committed to leaving the ruinous Common Fisheries Policy, the terms of the transitional period could well see Britain forced to continue to comply with EU legislation. It could create a ‘continuity of rights’ by adopting all EU law and then agreeing to obey it as per the terms of a transition treaty. The EU could then argue for this in protracted litigation that would bind us into the CFP and hamstring the UK for years to come.