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‘Locked up for catching a third fish’ UK MEP savages EU Parliament over fishing policy

BRITISH MEP David Coburn launched a scathing attack on his colleagues in the European Parliament, slamming their “absurd” fisheries policies.

The leader of Scottish Ukip declared the European Union’s implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy a “dystopian nightmare” which preys on “ordinary fishermen throughout Europe”.While speaking in Strasbourg, Mr Coburn attempted to paint a picture of a fisherman being sentenced to prison time for accidentally catching a third bass while fishing.

The European Commission has set out a series of quotas, they say to protect fishing stocks throughout the bloc, however, fishermen often fall foul of the tight rules – which are punishable with sizeable fines.

Attacking the red tape, Mr Coburn said: “As the cell door slammed shut behind him, he remained leaning against the bolted metal door for a few seconds before pacing across the cell.

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“He still couldn’t really believe it – what had the judge said? ‘You must pay for your criminal actions, take him down’.“What had he done? He’d gone fishing, just a bit of fun – the catch was unimportant.

“What was the technical term? The Common Fisheries Policy prohibited recreational angling catch. How was he to know that he was only allowed to catch two bass, and the third which had the audacity to bite, it just had and it made him a criminal.

“How did you get banged up for going fishing? The world was truly absurd – this could be a short story by Kafka.”

He described the support for the Common Fisheries Policy across the bloc as “frightening and absurd”, adding: “You are thinking of the stuff of dystopian nightmares.”Britain will seek to take back control of its fishing waters by stopping five EU nations from fishing as close as six nautical miles from UK shores.

The UK’s withdrawal from the London Fisheries Convention will ban France, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland and Belgium from fishing within 12 nautical miles of the British Coast.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said leaving the convention was “an important movement as we take back control of our fishing policy”.

He said: “It means for the first time in more than 50 years we will be able to decide who can access our waters.“This is a historic step towards building a new domestic fishing policy as we leave the European Union – one that leads to a more sustainable industry for the whole of the UK.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/824640/Brexit-news-David-Coburn-savages-EU-Parliament-over-fishing-policy

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margaret Robinson
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I didnt know the the sport of angling was effected by the CFP this is just madness

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