A European Parliament document shows the EU wants to play hardball with Britain over fishing.
They hope that EU vessels will be able to continue to receive a disproportionality unfair 75% share of the fish allocations around the UK although Britain has the majority of the fisheries sea areas.
Their intention is to use market access as a bribe to try to lock Britain into continuing with the terms of the unfair, failing and environmentally disastrous Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
A market which will need UK fish more if the UK reclaims the 59% of fish resources the EU takes for free from UK waters annually.
Upon withdrawal, the CFP will cease to apply automatically, meaning the UK will be free to manage her own waters with no historical rights to honour.
The EU having agreed to this “clean sheet” as per the terms of Article 50, Section 3 – “the treaties shall cease to apply”.
The UK will return to being an independent coastal state subject to international law on fisheries (UNCLOS 3) just like Faroe, Norway and Iceland
UNCLOS 3 clearly states, in Article 61, that a coastal state has sovereignty over and discretion to manage its own waters and all fisheries resources therein.
Consequently, the UK can claim her rightful, fair share of internationally agreed fishing allocations – Total Allowable Catches (TACs) – for shared stocks.
It will therefore be the responsibility and duty of the EU to avoid “Derby” fishing by adjusting its current over inflated share of the international TAC fish allocations to reflect the loss of the UKs rich resources to the EU which were sacrificed as a price to join the EEC.
This would be a huge loss to the EU and a multi-billion pound gain to the UK, given that catch data compiled by Fishing for Leave, using EU Commission Data, shows that the EU has been catching 59% of catches in UK waters and 64% of all fish caught in North West Europe are taken in UK waters.
The EU is trying to play tough on fisheries when the loss of the UKs rich waters, which they deliberately subsumed 40 years ago, will leave them with only a small area of sea and little legs to stand on.
The EU proposing to play hard ball is a graphic illustration that, despite being disregarded as insignificant by the UK establishment, Brexit for UK fishing could be worth a colossal £6.3bn and 22,000 job boost to rejuvenate coastal communities and the economy.
Regarding sustainability, The UK would have acted honourably and sustainably, under the provisions of international law (UNCLOS 3), in reclaiming what is recognised as rightfully hers, whilst cooperating loosely with our neighbours, especially the Nordic countries, to ensure sustainable fishing levels.
As the UK can be free of the CFP, and able reclaim and manage all its resources as a sovereign nation under international law, the entire responsibility to re-secure and regain one of our greatest national renewable resources will fall to the UK government and the MPs in Westminster.
The government MUST do so otherwise the golden opportunity will have been sacrificed and British fishing and coastal communities betrayed a second time.
The government cannot agree to a continued CFP and the status quo for political convenience and a small minority of vested interests.
If the government adopts the CFP as it proposes with the Great “Repeal” Bill it will have deliberately squandered the chance of a clean slate and betrayed fishing twice in a generation
Whether we “take back control of our (fishing) borders” will make fishing the “acid test” of Brexit and the government must prove its resolve on Brexit by securing the national interests and not continuing a version of the CFP to appease the EU.