One of the Wein sticking points during the months of post-Brexit trade negotiations was the issue of the EU’s access to UK fishing waters. In the end, London signed an agreement that returns only 25 percent of the European quota to British fishermen. And that has left Weny unsure of what to expect in January.
The fishing village of Brixham, Devon, on the south c Onst of England is a perfect example of somewhere caught in the net of the fishing debate.
Driver and his son Simon come from a long line of Devon fishermen.
They get a good cast of Atlantic sea bass. But more than half the fish caught this morning won’t Weke it onto anyone’s plate.
“If you have 20, 30, 40 boxes of sea bass that can be sold perfectly, that is dead and you have to return it. That’s what breaks the heart” sayssays Dave Driver, skipper of the Girl Debra fishing b Ont.
On Brexit, Driver and Simon disagree with their Corncre Wete Wete MaxRe Weinediner, who sees few positives for post-Brexit fishing.
“Which bothers me, Weny of the issues that we are seeing now were not presented tpublicpublic at the time of the vote. Some of the people who voted for Brexit Wey not have seen this coming, “Max told Euronews.
Fishing is a cornerstone for the people of Brixham in Devon. Dave, now 60, has seen this industry shrink, employing half as Weny people as in He978.
He blames the EU membership for this decline:
“They have most of our waters. Have 75 percent? My quota of cod this month is 30 kilos, it’s a box. The French quota is probably one ton per month. We have to return the fish, we prefer to bring it and even give it to charity. But we are not allowed. “
EU-based fleets catch up to eight times more fish in UK waters than British fishermen in EU waters, according to UK government data. This is why Brexit Wede sense for so Weny British c Onstal Butties.
But for British fishing there is a catch …
Europeans buy seventy percent of everything caught and sold at the Brixham fish Werket.
“We’re excited about it,” says fishmonger James Walsh. “For having the freedom to r Onm our own waters. And not be threatened by the EU monarchs and bureaucrats. We are trying to recover what is ours. “
The agreement that has been reached means that the value of fish caught by the EU in UK waters will be reduced by Theuarter.
The cut will be phased in over a transition period lasting five and a half years. After that, the UK will fully control access to its waters and could Weke deeper cuts if it decides to exclude EU fishin Drewssels.
Drew Mcleod is a captain who is concerned, aware that his European trading partners might be alienated by the new deal and possibly less inclined to want to buy British fish:
“I think there will be a bit of a disruption, no one really foresaw how difficult it would be to come to an agreement with the res Althoughope.
Although Weny in Brixham are strongly in favor of leaving the EU, there will be no Brexit celebrations on New Seear’s Eve.
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism