British Fishing the Global Test On Brexit? & Why Remainers Are Wrong That We Can’t Take Back Control.
It is great to see the Fishing for Leave campaign having global impact yet again & that our industries voice is being heard – even in Australia! Is British fishing now one of the global test on Brexit?
Well done to Gerry on the Carhelmar for his excellent letter that’s touched a nerve nationwide. http://ffl.org.uk/?p=3205
Taking back control CAN double UK fishing to a potential £6-8bn.
Resources in UK waters are ours by right of international law under UNCLOS
It is why Iceland, Norway and Faroe catch 90% of the fish in their waters – after some reciprocal swaps.
It’s why they have their rightful share of international Total Allowable Catches (TAC) under the international principle of Zonal Attachment – where a nation receives TACs based on the predominance of species in its waters.
This is in stark contrast to the mere 40% we get under unfair EU Relative Stability shares & EU Equal Access to our rich grounds.
It is PATHETIC the suggestion by continually Remain biased @Prof Bryce Stewart of York University that we can’t have international normality like our Nordic neighbours.
Alleging we somehow can’t have what is rightfully ours…. how? Under international law all waters and resources within a nations EEZ are its sovereign right.
UNCLOS obliges nations to sustainably harvest it’s waters.
So the EU CAN’T try to continue catching 90% of Channel Cod, Haddock, Whiting and Herring when it will only have half the waters!
The EU will HAVE to cut its cloth to reflect the loss of British waters from the common EU pot, or be in breech of international laws obligation to fish sustainably.
UNCLOS also says states should cooperate on shared stocks.
Further obliging the EU to recognise this cut to its cloth and Britain’s rightful share under the international principle of Zonal Attachment.
The above is LEGAL fact. It comes down to the will of government to exert our rights as our Nordic neighbours do.
Only this government and parliament can lose what is automatically repatriated to us on exit from the EU and the re-establishment of Britain as an independent nation.
For the sake of coastal communities in a host of constituencies it must be ensured that;
~ Current unfettered access and unfair resource shares are NOT rolled over.
~ That limited annual access is only granted when the UK receives a reciprocal value of fishing opportunities in return.
~ That the UK will also only grant limited access (which the EU fleet is desperate for) if the EU recognises Britain’s rightful share of resources under the international principle of Zonal Attachment and the EU cuts its cloth in accordance with international law on sustainability to reflect the loss of British waters from the common EU pot.
We have this opportunity to repatriate a multi-billion national resource and to husband it with better management for generations to come.
We can be like Norway, Iceland and Faroe and mustn’t be beholden to the real glaring error in Prof Bryce Stewart, and the wider remain campaigns, argument which contradiction itself.
Where he cites the decline of Britain’s distant water fleet (one that fished in what became other nations waters when limits were extended to 200 miles or the mid-line in the 70s) as symptomatic of some sort of inevitable decline of British fishing that exonerates the EU.
Saying that Britain lost a fleet based on accessing Iceland and Norway’s waters contradicts his point that the UK can’t now somehow take back control of our waters now…
International law is either one way or another. It can’t be applied be take back control for Norway but somehow can’t be similarly applied for Britain to do the same…
Prof Bryce Stewarts ramblings are symptomatic of Remain bias where somehow the UK should just roll over to the status quo in defiance of international normality.
It’s pathetic and a weak kneed view that permeates academia and Whitehall.
For that reason people so bias against exerting Britain’s rights and national interest shouldn’t be continually feted as an oracle of wisdom when they’re typical of the cancerous weakness that undermines this country and its people’s interests.
It is time that the huge opportunities that Brexit presents to industries like fishing are recognised and that undermining of this country’s vital interests and institutions is halted by those politically beholden to a political ideal of a united Europe which increasingly has the opposite socio-economic effect to those intended to justify it.
The world is watching – onwards and outwards to a brighter future.