Britain's fishing grounds are not a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations

April 26, 2017

Speaking in a meeting at the EU Parliament, David Coburn said:


“As you are understandably aware, the UK is leaving the EU.


I represent Scotland and the interests of its fisherman – obviously we look forward to regaining our fishing grounds, which were given away by Prime Minister Heath’s Conservative Government in the 70s as a bargaining chip to join the EU.


I trust the current UK Conservative Government will not use Scottish fishing grounds as a bargaining tool for the second time in a generation.”


UKIP has put getting back control of our fishing grounds at the heart of the campaign to make sure Brexit means Exit:


The Maritime Test: 

Joining the EEC involved a betrayal of our coastal communities at the behest of a previous Tory prime minister. They must not be betrayed again. Leaving the EU must involve restoring to the UK full maritime sovereignty. The UK must resume complete control of its maritime exclusive economic zone - stretching 200 miles off the coast or to the half-way point between the UK and neighbouring countries. We must ensure that no constraint other than its own physical capacity or the needs of stock preservation or replenishment – as decided upon by the UK Parliament - applies to our fleet. This will give our fishing industry a long overdue chance to recover.




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