UNACCEPTABLE: Leading UKIP Figures Blast Tusk Speech
European Council President, Donald Tusk, set out the EU’s stance today as we approach a crunch round of Brexit negotiations. It was a hardline speech in which Mr Tusk barely attempted to sugar-coat the iron fist in the glove. He insisted that although there was no desire to “build walls” between Britain and the EU Mrs May must abandon what he called a ‘pick n mix’ Brexit.
No member state is free to pick only those sectors of the single market it likes, nor to accept the rule of the ECJ only when it suits their interests.
By the same token, a pick and mix approach for a non-member state is out of the question.
We are not going to sacrifice these principles. It is simply not in our interests.
Notably, Mr Tusk indicated that the EU will demand access to British fishing waters. Leading UKIP figures called on the Mrs May to reject these terms. Gerard Batten MEP described the EU’s position as “unbelievable”;
The EU wants to have its cake and to eat it. Their published guidelines today should be unacceptable to the British government and to the 17.4 million people who voted leave. It is clearly not in the national interest to accept a free trade deal which does not involve financial services.”
“It is incredible beyond belief that the EU has the gall to ask for free access to British fishing waters once we have left the EU. They want our money and our fisheries – this is completely unacceptable.
Mike Hookem MEP, a leading campaigner on behalf of fishing communities and a member of the powerful PECH (Fisheries) committee in the European Parliament, said that the EU “bullyboys” are now showing their true colours:
How will leaving the CFP make any positive difference for the British fishing industry if all the rules are still set by Brussels, along with the UK’s share of what can be caught in our own waters.
It’s a disgraceful situation and nothing more than a grab to secure EU dominance of UK fishing for many years to come.
The European Council’s latest demand acts as confirmation that unless Theresa ‘the Appeaser’ can show some steel, and stand up to the EU bullyboys, then we don’t have any hope of reclaiming our seas and keeping what remains of our ravaged fishing industry.
Regaining control of our waters is an “acid test” of Brexit, Nigel Farage MEP said;
Unless we take back full ownership and control of our waters, Brexit will have been betrayed. Our coastal fishing communities have this one last chance. Time for Mrs May to handbag Barnier and say we will take our waters back. This is the acid test of Brexit.