Yesterday, British Cabinet Minister George Eustice, fired a warning shot at Brussels. Mr Eustice threatened to board French fishing boats if Brussels continues to block British shellfish exports.
Unless the EU is “pragmatic and sensible” Mr Eustice has warned Britain will have to react accordingly.
Unbelievably, The EU has banned British Fishermen from selling live shellfish to EU member states unless they have already been treated in a purification plant.
In the commons yesterday Tory MP for South East Cornwall, Sheryll Murray fired a request to Mr Eustice saying’ ‘I know Mr Eustice has tried his best but the time has now come to show the EU that we will not surrender to their games’
‘I call on Mr Eustice to start the necessary frequent boardings on EU vessels fishing in our exclusive economic zone to ensure they comply with UK rule’.’
Mr Eustice responded saying’ ‘It is the case that in many, many areas, we have taken a pragmatic, sensible, phased approach in the initial months, but there’s ‘no obligation on us to continue that’
‘And indeed we do… want to see some reciprocation from the EU in terms of application of common sense and reasonableness, and we reserve our position in all of those other areas, and of course it goes without saying that any EU vessels accessing UK waters will need to abide by UK law’.’
It’s about time for the niceties be over and start to put Britains interests first. Unless the government protects its industries, it will never be taken seriously on the world stage when it comes to trade.