Do you know just how fishy the EU is for Britain?

Our fishing industry has been decimated by the EU, but few Britons know just how unfair the quota system is. Leaving the EU will allow us to restore the once great British fishing industry

Fishy quotas
Sir John Redwood MP
On 12 May 2016 06:34

If I had to name one industry that had been worst hit by EU membership it would be the UK fishing industry. Placed under a Common Fishing Policy from the early days, the EU has done grave damage to what was one of our most impressive ventures.

The UK has been driven from self sufficiency and good exports of fish to import dependence. We have had to watch as non UK boats have come into our waters under EU licence and taken the majority of the catch.

In the early days of the Common Fishery Policy too much fish was taken, doing further damage. When the EU awoke to the damage being done, tougher quotas were imposed which favoured non UK fishing fleets, especially the French.

If we look at the 2015 quota allocations for the main areas for cod and haddock they show:

Cod: France 70-84 percent of Total Allowable catch; UK 7.6-9.2 percent

Haddock: France 55-66.7 percent of Total Allowable catch; UK 10-29 percent

Sole: France 14.3 percent to 54 percent; UK 0-19 percent

The great fishing fleets of Grimsby, Hull, Lowestoft have been slashed by the decline of the fishery and unfair distribution of the quota.

Out of the EU the UK can reassert control out to 200 miles or to the median line with a neighbouring state. We can negotiate shared access with neighbours without being outvoted by 27 other member states under the majority voting system of the EU.

Freed of EU control we could have a policy which helps restore our fishery and allocates more catch to UK vessels.

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