‘Attrition warfare!’ British fishermen have warned that Brexit will lead to decades of feuds with the French.
British fishermen are bracing themselves for a decades-long “war of attrition” with European colleagues over post-Brexit fishing rights.
The industry has warned that future negotiations over access to our coastal waters will be “toxic” between the EU and the UK. The nasty images seen off Jersey earlier this year, when Navy gunships were brought in to watch 60 French boats as they descended on the isle’s major port, are likely to recur. The post-Brexit fisheries agreement, which was concluded on Christmas Eve last year, robbed France and other European countries of a large portion of their catch.
The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations’ chief executive, Barrie Deas, predicted that Brussels will reclaim some access through “big power politics.”
“My feeling is that because of the arrangement, fishing is going to be politically poisonous between the UK and the EU for decades to come,” he said at a press conference today.
“The United Kingdom possesses the legal status of a coastline state, but major power politics prevent it from fully exercising those rights.”
Brussels promised to return 25% of the value of fish taken in British seas over a five-and-a-half-year period as part of the Brexit trade deal.
After June 2026, the UK can reduce EU catches even more, but eurocrats will be empowered to put taxes on fishing products or expel British boats as retaliation.
Mr Deas claimed he had seen EU officials “gloating” about their imagined powers to maintain future access to Britain’s coastal waters.
He also blamed French President Emmanuel Macron for his trawlermen’s rowdy reaction to the Brexit deal.
“French fisherman were definitely sold on the assumption that the Trade and Cooperation Agreement represented no change at all,” Mr Deas added. that they had achieved the status quo, which isn’t truly the existing quo, with the support of President Macron.”
After emphasizing that the UK industry believes the December agreement was a “sell-out,” the NFFO president encouraged the government to be steadfast in future fighting with the bloc over fishing rights.
Mr Deas claimed that other countries had misinterpreted the poor deal reached with the EU as a message that Downing Street would not stand up for its fishermen.
He stated, “The turmoil that has been caused has spread to our relations with Norway.”
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