Johnson has a lot to say about fishing
FOLLOWING Jayne Adye’s excellent article in TCW last week, “Why are we still letting the EU plunder our fishing waters?” questions must be put to our premier and answers provided on fishing. In 2020 he gave assurances to our coastal communities, the UK fishing industry and MPs from all sides that he would not do as he did.
Johnson knew full well that leaving the fisheries negotiations to the very end would cause enormous difficulties for the 2021 agreements. He had the nerve to claim that a lot had been done by recouping 25% of what we had previously. given.
What he did was put the UK fishing industry in a terrible position, giving the EU huge advantages over the next five years (no doubt for someone else negotiating in a weakened position in 2026), while keeping us in the system of the Common Fisheries Policy. and prevent our coastal communities from using our nation’s resources to get out of their depressed state.
Johnson was shown on Friday by Forces TV on the aircraft carrier’s deck queen elizabeth and talk about the ship’s upcoming tour and how the international law of the sea would be respected in the pursuit of a global Britain.
This, just a few months after ignoring the same law on our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around the UK’s 200 nautical miles or center line.
The only reason EU fishing vessels operate in UK waters is our past membership of the EU. As we are no longer a member of the EU, full responsibility for our EEZ rests with our Parliament in Westminster. Nobody else.
Of course the EU will try it to get what it wants, it does it with everyone, but other nations are holding on; we don’t. Why?
We know Johnson wanted a deal, but at the same price as a former Tory prime minister, abandoning our living marine resources at the expense of our coastal communities?
Who stands to gain from this? It’s not Brexit. Can anyone trust anyone at the top? It seems not.
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