Blog: Brexit fishing outrage: UK ‘won’t regain control of its waters’ as Boris Johnson condemned – Daily Express

France remains convinced it can come out on top in the current dispute over fisheries, as President Emmanuel Macron warns he “will not yield.” During a visit to Aulnoye-Ameries in northern France, he said: “We have not got what we wanted. They are playing with our nerves. We will not yield.” Mr Macron’s administration has said Boris Johnson’s government should have issued more licenses for French boats to fish in British territorial waters. But the UK has countered by saying it is respecting the arrangements that were agreed.

The EU and UK came to an agreement in January, resulting in changes to the fishing quotas enjoyed by European vessels in British waters.

The deal ensures that 25 percent of EU boats’ fishing rights in UK waters will be transferred to the British fleet over a period of five years.

After that, annual negotiations will decide how the catch is shared out between the UK and EU, and Britain would have the right to completely exclude EU boats after 2026.

However, Professor Jonathan Portes of Kings College London told Express.co.uk that the UK won’t be able to regain full control of its waters.

He said: “I think the change is gradual, and it will be renegotiated in five years, but the fundamental structural reasons why the UK won’t be able to regain complete control remain.

“There are clearly some winners and losers in the UK fishing industry. People who export a lot to the EU, especially those who sell shellfish to the EU.

“Some other people fishermen who now get more catch have won, and of course it is complicated by the fact that a large part of our fishing industry is owned by foreigners it turns out.

“It’s a pretty complicated picture.”

When Prime Minister Johnson secured his trade deal last year, many fishermen were disappointed with the result.

The Sunday Mirror reported in August that £31.8million worth of extra fish promised in Parliament “don’t exist”.

That money should have come from a big rise in the quota for sole and plaice.

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But James White, 38, a fisherman from Felixstowe, said: “They can increase the quota a hundredfold and we won’t be able to catch more. These fish don’t exist.”

Industry expert Terri Portmann, who advised MPs after Brexit, said: “The valuation is codswallop. Fishermen have been stitched up.”

As Professor Portes highlighted, some regions have seen their fishing industry deteriorate since the UK’s exit from the EU.

Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull, Emma Hardy, wrote for the Yorkshire Post in May, describing the difficulty fishermen in Hull have faced.

She said: “Not long ago, our fishermen were promised a ‘sea of opportunity’. Now, small fishing boats tied up and idle along the Yorkshire coast and beyond.

“High-quality catches are left rotting on the quayside with our fishermen now ensnared in a net of red tape that makes exporting their catches to the Continental markets untenable.

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“If that wasn’t damaging enough, the UK’s once-proud distant-waters fleet, whose last remaining vessels still bring jobs and great economic benefit to Hull, has been holed below the waterline by a government that has failed to secure a single fisheries deal with any of its northern coastal neighbours. That’s right, not a single one.

Fishing industries in parts of France have also been hit by Brexit as they see their scope for landing shrink.

The country’s maritime minister has said that France will have to compensate its fishermen.

She said: “I can tell you that we will have a package worth at least €40million (£33million) to help with their finances.”

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