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Brexit: Redwood urges government to negotiate new fishing deal
Brexiteer and Tory MP John Redwood admitted that he was disappointed in the Brexit fishing deal that the UK had agreed with the EU. While speaking to Martin Daubney on Brexit Unlocked, Mr Redwood argued the UK Government should demonstrate its powers as an individual nation regarding fishing. He insisted that Boris Johnson should use the UK’s powers as a sovereign nation to implement new laws and regulations for countries that do want to fish in its waters.
He added that the five year fishing transition period agreed with the EU should be shortened and the Prime Minister should prioritise strengthening the UK fishing industry and getting back more control.
Mr Redwood said: “My challenge to the Government now is this.
“We are taking legal sovereignty back but we want practical effective sovereignty.
“We want to demonstrate that we can use those powers to change laws, improve grant regimes, improve backing for British businesses and improve our trading arrangements around the world.
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“We are wanting practical examples from the Government and above all, I think we need a better deal for fishing.
“Of course, fishing is the one area where we don’t take back proper control for another five years because there is an additional transitional period put into fishing.”
Mr Redwood argued the Government had assured him changes could be made in British law from January 1, despite the current agreement with the EU.
He said: “The Government assure me that we can regulate and legislate for our fishing grounds from the 1st of January.
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“So I do think we need a better regime for the marine environment to regulate the practices with what some of the large overseas vessels get up to.”
Mr Daubney questioned how Mr Redwood felt after the new fishing deal was announced between the UK and EU.
In the deal, the new quotas will see a 25 percent cut in the share of fish caught by EU vessels in the UK’s waters.
Mr Redwood replied: “I am deeply disappointed because I have been an advocate in good faith for the British fishing industry.
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“I have always felt we are a maritime nation and there are 1000s of us that feel we want stronger coastal communities.
“We want to both look after and take on board the fish that we have for our own purposes.
“I am pressing the Government to say what can we do, can we speed it up and what are going to do for the industry in the meantime and how are we going to be that bigger and more successful industry that I thought we all wanted.”
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