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French fishermen fear Brexit vote could boot them out of British waters

FRENCH fishermen are fearing that Brexit could deny them access to British territorial waters in the Channel leading to a “huge impact” on their industry.

Fishermen and an EU flag

GETTY    The UK fishermen hope to benefit from a Brexit vote


The French National Fisheries Committee said larger boats which fish in British waters could not be allowed to keep up to 80 per cent of the catch.The pro-Brexit minister for farms, food and fisheries, George Eustice, has always said Brexit would allow Britain to renegotiate a more favourable share of catches.

He said: “In the Channel, North Sea and far south-western waters we get a very unfair share of quota allocations.

Nigel Farage and the flotilla

GETTY    Farage led a flotilla with fishermen in the campaign for Brexit


“In the Celtic Sea, France gets nearly three times our allocation of dover sole, roughly four times more cod and five times more haddock.”

As it stands, French boats are allowed to fish up to six nautical miles from the British coast but according to EU laws, British vessels are prevented from fishing within 12 miles of the French coast.

George Eustice

GETTY    George Eustice claims that Brexit will benefit UK fishermen


The former leader of Ukip, Nigel Farage, led a Leave flotilla down the Thames days before the Brexit vote to highlight the need for an out vote so the UK’s fishermen would get a better deal.The committee has written to the French prime minister, Manuel Valls, warning that Normany, Brittany and the region around Calais could be “very badly affected” by Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Head of a fishing cooperative, Bruno Margolle, said: “If tomorrow we can no longer exercise our historic rights (to fish) in English waters, that could mark the end of French fishing in Boulogne. The impact is going to be huge.”Boulogne is the largest fishing port in France.

Head of the regional Fisheries Committee, Olivier Leprêtre, said: “We’re really worried. If the English take back their waters we’ll lose important fishing areas.”

The UK possesses 13 per cent of the EU’s sea area and is allocated 30 per cent of the current fish quotas.

This comes as Dutch fishermen are planning a series of protests against European rules that they claim are destroying their industry.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/688836/French-fishermen-fear-Brexit-vote-boot-British-waters

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“If tomorrow we can no longer exercise our historic rights (to fish) in English waters, that could mark the end of French fishing in Boulogne. The impact is going to be huge.”Boulogne is the largest fishing port in France #### Does that mean that the French Fishing Industry will be decimated as was their British counterpart 40 years ago?

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