News has emerged that the Danish government will help Michel Barnier to be “harsh” in negotiations with Britain in regards to the fishing industry.

Fishing for Leave lambasted recent comments made in the Danish Media following the visit of EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier to Denmark’s main fishing port Thyboron, saying; “You can keep your “Harshness!! – International law confers Britain full sovereignty and control over all our waters and resources!”

EU Fishermen are stating their case for retaining access to British waters saying: “Brexit has an incredibly big impact on our company and all of Denmark’s fisheries. They say they rely” on getting into British waters,” and that  “85 percent of the catch of the species of sand eel caught in Thyborøn takes place in British waters”.

Fishing for Leave spokesman Alan Hastings said:

 “As much as no British fishermen wishes personal ill on other fishermen, where were the EU tears when our resources robbed and communities decimated? Does no one in the EU feel guilty that you built a future for the EU industry on robbing UK coastal communities of theirs?” He also said that it is “time for Michael Gove to robustly defend UK interests so we can rejuvenate our communities that were sacrificed with a detrimental deal that benefited the EU”.

Post-Brexit, Britain has the formal opportunity under international law to stop fishermen from Denmark and other EU countries fishing in British waters. But fishermen in the EU, along with Michel Barnier, say such a decision could also have a negative impact on British fishing.

They say the EU would look to close EU markets to force Britain to continue current shares and access that see’s EU vessels catch EIGHT times more fish in UK waters as UK vessels do in EU waters 780,000 tons vs 90,000 tons.

Barnier made his (and the EU’s) position very clear, saying “When it comes to fishing, we will talk about the topics that are directly related. Our access to British waters and their access to our market”.

The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) reported that he Barnier will be speaking with EU fishermen regarding what they want out of the Brexit negotiation. It appears that Ryborg’s Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, will be only too happy to help stating that the Danish government “will help Barnier to be harsh in negotiations with Britain in the fishing industry”.

Fishing for Leave responded to the threat by pointing out that the EU markets dependency on UK fish exports combined with EU losing the ability to catch 60% of the fish in UK waters would only increase EU market’s need for UK fish.

Alan Hastings from FFL said:

“What the EU thinks is a position of strength is actually a weakness and that is their dependency on our resources as a critical part of their food supply”.

“This is no different from the cod wars when British vessels lost access to Norwegian and Icelandic grounds but almost immediately UK processors on Humberside started to import fish direct from Norway”.

“Remainers and the EU cite tariffs but when the cost of tariffs is weighed against the £3-4bn worth of resources which we can repatriate this offsets tariffs by a huge margin as UK fishermen will be able to land more of what they are otherwise forced to discard”

Alan concluded, “Michel Barnier’s comments are a shot across the bow and the Battle to restore our sovereignty & governance of UK waters is very much alive!”

Will the government capitulate to EU demands or stand up for British coastal communities and not use them as an ‘expendable’ bargaining chip for the 2nd time in the face of EU belligerence? The big question for Michel Barnier is, why should the EU get continued access? The UK provides 50% of waters but EU relative stability only gives us 25% of our fish.

Fishing is massively important to UK communities; the CFP has been an economic, social & environmental disaster. Brexit allows environmentally and economically decent UK policy where we become equal of Norway & Iceland.

Taking back control is an “acid test”. Will the government hold fast or face electoral oblivion in areas like Cornwall, Kent, East Anglia, Yorkshire and the NE of Scotland?

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