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Fishing rights remains an area of contention in the current post-Brexit trade deals with the EU but a Brexiteer has said the issue should not be up for debate. Belinda de Lucy, a former Brexit Party MEP, has said Brussels needs to stop interfering in the matter and allow the British Government to determine who has access to UK waters.
Fishing rights is one of the main areas of debate and major sticking points in the current trade negotiations with the EU.
Brussels wants existing EU laws to continue, which sees European fishermen catch around three times as much fish in British waters than UK trawlers catch in other EU sea areas.
But Boris Johnson has insisted the UK must regain control over its water and cut ties from the EU’s controversial Common Fisheries Policy.
The UK wants to agree a deal that recognises “British fishing grounds are first and foremost for British boats”.
Ms de Lucy is furious the matter has not yet been reconciled.
She told Express.co.uk: “What other trade deal has the EU demanded unfettered access to another nation’s natural resources?
“It is a reflection of the delusion the EU is operating under that it thinks it can impose such terms on the UK for a trade deal.
“Talks about fishing should have ended officially by June and yet there are three more dates for negotiations on this.
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“There should be no debate.
“Our elected Government should be able to say who can and cant fish in our waters, what is so revolutionary about this?!”
Ms de Lucy said it is important the UK is recognised as an independent coastal state.
She told this website: “We are an island and yet pathetically can’t sustain a fishing industry in 2020, it’s ludicrous.
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“We have gold at our feet for families and communities that only fools wouldn’t utilise.
“Currently, there is barely anything left for our fishermen after quotas, over-regulation and the sea bed destroying, dolphin killing EU supertrawlers hoovering up everything.”
The seventh round of Brexit trade talks concluded in Brussels on Friday, with little progress having been made.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, said the deadlock remained because of disagreements over access to Britain’s fishing grounds and the so-called “level-playing field”.
Speaking after the conclusion of the talks, the EU chief said: “We have very little time left to conclude the negotiations to ensure an agreement can enter into effect on January 1, 2021 – in four months and 10 days.
“We still have a few months left to find an agreement to find agreement on all issues under discussion to consolidate the text.”
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