Conservative MP urges UK negotiators – “You cannot compromise on fishing”

If the UK is to take back control of its waters fully then, we must not use our waters as a bargaining chip as stated by Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Mr Kawczynski.

Mr Kawczynski said for the UK to prevent the EU from “plundering” fish stocks in British waters, we must fully take back control, to put an end to the bloated advantage the EU member states have had for decades at the detriment to the British fishermen and coastal communities.

He said: “The British fishing industry could be worth anything between £6billion and £8billion a year for the United Kingdom.

“You cannot compromise on fishing because fishing is an internal British, sovereign decision.

UK fishing boats Grimsby

“So we would be compromising on our sovereignty in that regard.”
Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Mr Kawczynski added: “By the way, the British position is not unreasonable here.

“If I felt that our own Government was being unreasonable to the EU, I would be prepared to compromise.

“But look at the British position, which is that we will negotiate with you and we will offer you licences to fish in our waters which will be reviewed on an annual basis depending on the sustainability of that particular license bloc and how the fishing develops in that area.

Fish markets Grimsby

“The country with the strongest fishing industry on our continent is Iceland.
“Because Iceland has managed their fishing stocks in a very effective and sensible way, not just for themselves but for future generations.

“We have seen the European Union plunder and decimate our fishing stocks.
“As an island nation, the fishing industry is extraordinarily iconic and really could be hugely beneficial to the United Kingdom’s economy and provide a huge amount of jobs.

“But also, it dovetails into what young people are interested in, which is the environment and marine sustainability.”

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