Fishermen describe a “litany of disappointments” with the EU accord as part of their Brexit rage.
After being promised a plethora of options, British fisherman have been given only “red tape and disappointment,” according to a Scottish Liberal Democrat MP.
Alastair Carmichael stated that six months after the UK exited the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the country’s beleaguered fishing industry has yet to receive the much-needed boost. He ripped into Boris Johnson’s fisheries accord with Brussels, saying it fell short of the “sea of chances” promised to trawlermen by the Prime Minister.
Fishermen, processors, and exporters across the country are “suffering from structural challenges caused by the increased obstacles put up between them and their greatest markets” as a result of Mr Johnson’s pact, according to Mr Carmichael.
He stated that sector figures are “calling out for help, for reform, and for genuine action from the Government accountable,” but that ministers show “scarce attention.”
“The year did not start in an auspicious manner, with seafood exporters rocked by new trade barriers erected with just daysâ€TM notice, resulting in enormous trade losses in the early weeks of January and the frankly humiliating situation of fishermen taking their catch all the way to Denmark to avoid the chaos our Government created,” he wrote in The Scotsman.
“Ministers ignored them as ‘teething troubles’ when I called an urgent debate on the escalating tragedy at the time.
“What we’ve seen since has proven that claim false.”
Mr Carmichael also took aim at Prime Minister Theresa May’s post-Brexit immigration policy, which he claimed was having a negative impact on the fishing industry.
He said he’d received messages from skippers in the Scottish islands who couldn’t find enough people to crew their boats.
Before Brexit, many fishermen relied on foreign labor to keep their boats afloat.
However, new immigration laws in the United Kingdom are causing firms in a variety of industries to struggle to fill positions.
Hull’s fishing sector, according to a Guardian columnist last month, is on the verge of extinction.
Brexit, according to Claire Armistead, was supposed to re-energize the industry, but it may be the final straw for the port city’s marine economy.
“It’s as if a slow-motion car wreck has suddenly been fast-forwarded for the fishing village of Humberside, on the austerity-battered north-east coast of England,” she said.
She indicated the Kirkella, a British ship. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”