World British fishermen feel 'betrayed' after agreement reached

British fishermen feel ‘betrayed’ after agreement reached

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A fisherman’s boat (illustrative image). – CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

A deal that is not for everyone. After the post-Brexit trade agreement between the British government and the European Union on Christmas Eve, British fishermen feel “betrayed”, said a representative of the industry on Monday.

According to Andrew Locker, president of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organizations, with this agreement, they are in a “worse” situation than before.

Nearly 25% less fishing in UK waters for Europeans

“I am angry, disappointed and betrayed. Boris Johnson has promised us the (fishing) rights to all the fish swimming in our exclusive economic zone and we only have a fraction of it, ”he told the BBC, denouncing the broken commitment the head of government to regain full control of British waters. In the end, the agreement provides for a transition period until June 2026, at the end of which European fishermen will have gradually given up 25% of their catches, much less than what the British hoped.

This agreement is due to enter into force on January 1, 2021, after being adopted by both sides. “What we have now is a fraction of what we were promised with Brexit. We’re really, really going to have a hard time this year, ”said Andrew Locker. Michael Gove, Minister responsible for coordinating the action of the British government, for his part assured that the United Kingdom would be in a “stronger position” than when it belonged to the European Union.

Scotland denounces treason

“Under the common fisheries policy, we could only access around 50% of the fish in our waters. We will now significantly increase this figure, and by 2026 we will have about two-thirds of the catch in our waters, ”Michael Gove told the BBC on Monday.

“This gradual process gives us a chance to increase the size of the fleet, to invest in our coastal communities and, of course, in due course we will have the opportunity to increase this quota even further,” he said. -he adds. On Saturday, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP separatists, also attacked the Conservative government of Boris Johnson, accused of having “once again betrayed Scottish fishermen”. “The promises they knew they could not keep were broken,” she said on Twitter.

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