A director of a German fishing firm has come out stating “We demand that the British only export their fish to the EU if European fishermen continue to have access to British waters” as they had before Brexit.
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This demand comes after Uwe Richter, director of Euro Baltic Fish Processing Company in Sassnit went on to say, hundreds of jobs will be lost in the fishing industry if they do not have the same unrestricted access into UK fish-rich waters. He went on to say that EU member states will not buy fish caught by a British boat unless they (Germany) can have unfettered access to the UK’s waters.
While these threats will anger the British, it seems that Michel Barnier has collapsed their fisheries redlines allowing the UK to break free from the common fisheries policy.
In an interview with German daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung, Mr Richter said: “We demand that the British only export their fish to the EU if European fishermen continue to have access to British waters.
“I think many British fishermen have now understood that.”
When asked for an opinion on whether a deal could be struck between the two sides, Mr Richter said: “After the unsuccessful rounds of negotiations, I’m rather pessimistic.
“A ‘hard Brexit’ without an agreement is becoming more and more likely every day.
“But making a prediction is not possible.
“It’s like looking into a crystal ball.”
Mr Richter then gave his reaction to the recent compromise from Barnier.
Richter said “I don’t know what’s behind it.
“The final compromise cannot be read from this.”
Mr Richter then went on to elaborate about potential job losses: “Several hundred jobs are likely to be lost.
“There are currently seven vessels for deep-sea fishing in Germany that are in use worldwide and employ a total of around 450 men in the shipping companies.
“Four of these ships are currently mainly in British waters.”