Spain Joins Forces With France In a Desperate Bid To Seize UK Waters

Spain Joins Forces With France In a Desperate Bid To Seize UK Waters

Spain has jumped on Macron’s bandwagon to become the latest member of the European Union to challenge the British governments pledge to ‘take back control’ of British waters after Brexit.   

The debate surrounding British waters has been a heated topic since 2016. However, British water has been brought into the spotlight once again considering the UK has actually left the EU on the 31st of January,  so you can imagine that EU members which have no open water, are starting to “flap-like fish”, at the idea that we are going to take back control.

This has been brought forth by many coastal communities which host ports and harbours who have denounced the very strict quotas which regulate access to various fishing territories around the British Isles.

Spanish MEP Esteban González Pons has demanded that the EU negotiate according to González in a “stiff fashion” with the UK while pledging to “defend” Spanish fishermen 

While addressing MEP’s Mr González Pons stated that “We’re going to negotiate with them in a stiff fashion as we do with any third country and we will defend our own.” 

He goes on and continues to say “We will defend the decolonisation of Gibraltar, we are going to defend fishermen, those working at sea as well as those working on land. Our farmers, we are going to defend our products.”

“If politicians in the UK want to become a third country, we’ll treat them like a third country.”

According to a recent report released by the Marine Management Organisation in 2018, it was found that France, the Netherlands and Denmark are the top-grossing EU member states to catch fish in British waters.

The results also pointed out that Paris alone earned £171 million from the fish taken around the UK, while Amsterdam and Copenhagen followed just behind with earnings of around £92 million and £90 million. 

Fishing for Leave’s Alan Hastings said that “Fishing is now the acid test of Brexit, and if the Conservatives sell us out a second time instead of exorcising the ghost of Heath they will lose a host of seats.

Particularly those in Scotland. Lose those and they could lose the Union.”

Member states are pressuring  Michel Barnier to continue fishing in the seas around Britain, as well as seeking guarantees on “stable” fishing quota shares when trade talks with the Prime Minister get underway. 

Mr Barnier said that “Our free trade agreement must include an agreement on fisheries. This agreement should provide for continued, reciprocal access to markets and to waters with stable quota shares.”

France’s Senator Catherine Fournier, who represents the Pas-de-Calais constituency in northern France, suggested 75% of the fishermen living in her constituency could lose their “total revenue” should they not be able to fish in UK waters.

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