Fred, from Suffolk, told the BBC’s Any Questions that Boris Johnson shouldn’t heed to EU threats and give away British fisheries. This follows reports that the EU will restrict UK services sector’s accessibility if Boris Johnson refuses to back down on fishing.
Fred said:”I do not think we ought to give up any fisheries for financial service access.
“We should not give up one inch of our fishing place and we ought to pull as far back as we could towards the united kingdom.”
Went on to criticise Emmanuel Macron.
President Macron has said that fisheries must be on the table or negotiations won’t go well for Britain.
Fred responded: “Bring it on I say.
“I hear all the arguments they may limit our financial services sector within Europe and that I believe they are limited in the manner in which that they can accomplish that.
“Politicians may believe they are strong but the exchange rate mechanism in the 1980s revealed exactly how unpowerful they are.”
The former Scottish Secretary took aim at the sense of entitlement from French President Emmanuel Macron over British fishing waters.
He contrasted the EU need to keep on taking 60 percent of fish caught in British waters to the idea that Britain”was entitled to 60% of grapes in France and we can make our own wine from that”.
“The idea that Boris or anybody else could sell out the fishing industry when people voted so convincingly for Brexit is anathema.”
Mr Macron is facing pressure from within France to gain “no limitations” on fisheries in a Brexit trade deal with the UK.
But, the UK has insisted that any agreement has to be based on the understanding that”British fishing grounds would be first and foremost for British ships”.