UKIP fisheries spokesman says Theresa May is using “verbal sleight of hand,  to distract from what is amounting to abject betrayal.”

UKIP fisheries spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP has branded Tory promises to “take back control” of the UK’s fishing waters as a “verbal sleight of hand, that seeks to distract from what is amounting to abject betrayal.”

Mr Hookem’s comments came after the release of the long anticipated, Political Declaration on the UK’s Future Relationship with the EU, detailed  how the Government intended to, “establish a new fisheries agreement, among other things, on access to waters and quota shares.”

Speaking from his Hull constituency – once a thriving fishing port – Mr Hookem blasted, “May knows full well that she intends to betray what is left of Britain’s fishing industry, but she does not have the guts to admit it!”

“The two-faced May has been deceiving the country by repeatedly stating that the UK will be an independent coastal state when the opposite seems to be the case.

“Continuing to give away 70% of the fish caught in British waters to the EU and keeping the ridiculous and wasteful rules of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is not Brexit – it’s nothing less than an utter betrayal!

“And the unfortunate fact is, we will be lucky to get the 30% of the fish we are currently allocated; once we are the vassal state that the transition agreement seeks to make us!

“The people of this country and especially fishing communities put their faith in May to get us out of the EU. The Prime Minister has now betrayed that faith and she should resign and let someone with the backbone to take on the Brussels bureaucrats take her place.

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The Parties should cooperate bilaterally and internationally to ensure fishing at sustainable levels, promote resource conservation, and foster a clean, healthy and productive marine environment, noting that the United Kingdom will be an independent coastal state.


While preserving regulatory autonomy, the Parties should cooperate on the development of measures for the conservation, rational management and regulation of fisheries, in a non-discriminatory manner. They will work closely with other coastal states and in international fora, including to manage shared stocks.


Within the context of the overall economic partnership the Parties should establish a new fisheries agreement on, inter alia, access to waters and quota shares.


The Parties will use their best endeavours to conclude and ratify their new fisheries agreement by 1 July 2020 in order for it to be in place in time to be used for determining fishing opportunities for the first year after the transition period.

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