MANSION HOUSE BETRAYAL: British Fishermen Have Been “Sold Down The River”
Mike Hookem MEP, a leading campaigner for British fishing communities, slammed the “smoke and mirrors” of Theresa May’s Mansion House Speech but insisted that despite them it is ultimately clear that British fishemen have been “sold down the river”.
Mr Hookem said:
For “continuing to work” together, read, continued dictation of fishing rules from Brussels. For continuing to “manage shared stocks,” read, continued EU pillaging of fish stocks from UK waters; and for “continued reciprocal access”, read, continued domination of UK waters by EU fishing vessels!
British vessels, he explained, do not want access to EU fishing waters:
The simple fact is, most British fishermen do not want access to EU waters! They want a fair crack at catching some of the millions of tons of fish taken from British waters each year by EU vessels. The British fleet caught 111,000 tonnes of fish from EU waters last year, but EU vessels caught 683,000 tonnes in British waters (MMO Report, Oct 2017).
Mr Hookem went on to call for EU involvement in British fishing waters, especially their invasive imposition of quotas, to end:
While we need to continue to work with the international community on setting levels of responsible and sustainable fishing in British waters, we can no longer allow the EU to dictate to the UK what we can and can’t catch in our waters; especially when the price of that is allowing them to take the lion’s share for themselves!