Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage has struck out over an internal government email that apparently warned the British government may not be able to stop illegal fishing from EU boats after a No Deal Brexit.
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In such a case the UK could take back full control of an exclusive area, giving the battered British fishing industry the chance to make a recovery after being decimated by the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.
But Sky News have seen a document that queries about “a lot of uncertainty” when it comes to whether the government could police the seas as the country has just “12 vessels that need to monitor a space three times the size of the surface area of the UK”.
Farage hit out, saying: “Iceland can, Norway can but our gutless civil service won’t. Pathetic.”
Belgian fishermen are terrified of a No Deal due to their reliance on UK waters.
HIGH RISK FISH & other potential fallouts from Brexit. @adamfleming & I went to the Belgian coast where 50% of their fish are caught in UK waters. Here’s why they’re worried about no deal: pic.twitter.com/6DkbR9i8SJ
— Maria Byrne (@byrnemaria) January 31, 2019
Whilst Daniel Fasquelle, a Member of the National Assembly of France, has previously said: “A hard Brexit would be a catastrophe for French fishing. For my fishermen, between 50% and 70% of their fishing zone is in British waters. They leave port and within a few miles are in British waters.
“In the case of a hard Brexit, they get back full sovereignty of their waters and block our boats.”
Time the government got on a front footing and prepared properly to take back control of our waters.