FOLLOWING on from the excellent article by Jayne Adye in TCW last week, ‘Why are we still letting the EU plunder our fishing waters?’ questions need asking of our Prime Minister, and answers delivered, about fishing. During 2020 he gave assurances to our coastal communities, the UK fishing industry and MPs across all parties that he would not do as he has done.
Johnson knew very well that leaving fishing negotiations until the very end would cause huge difficulties for 2021 arrangements. He had the nerve to claim a good deal had been done by obtaining 25 per cent back of what we had previously given away.
What he has done is put the UK fishing industry in a terrible position, giving the EU huge advantages over the next five years (no doubt for someone else to negotiate in a weakened position in 2026), meanwhile keeping us within the Common Fisheries Policy system and preventing our coastal communities from using our nation’s resource to lift themselves out of their depressed state.
On Friday, Johnson was shown by Forces TV on the bridge of the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth and speaking about the ship’s forthcoming tour and how the International Law of the Sea would be abided by in the pursuit of a global Britain.
This, only months after ignoring the same law over our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around the UK of 200 nautical miles or median line.
The only reason EU fishing vessels operate in UK waters is because of our past EU membership. As we are no longer an EU member, the full responsibility for our EEZ is in the hands of our Parliament at Westminster. No one else.
Of course the EU will try it on to get what they want, they do it with everyone, but other nations stand their ground; we don’t. Why?
We know Johnson wanted a deal, but at the same price of a previous Conservative Prime Minister, giving up our living marine resource to the detriment of our coastal communities?
Who stands to gain from this? This isn’t Brexit. Can anyone at the top be trusted? It appears not.