Brexit: Fishing deal slammed by Habib and Mummery
And June Mummery has said she is “still getting over” her decision to trust the Prime Minister, who offered her personal assurances when the two met five years ago. Mr Johnson’s deal, which he signed off on in December, has been met with a mixture of incredulity and anger by the nation’s fishing industry – because they argue in practice it allows EU ships indefinite access to UK, despite the pledge to take back control of UK waters.
Mrs Mummery made her views clear in a forthright interview with Ben Habib, also a former Brexit Party MEP, uploaded to the Unlocked_UK media channel today.
Questioned about her attitude to the agreement two months later, she said: “The deal is still there and the deal is a disaster.
“The industry can’t express to anyone, how bad it is, and the mood in the industry is still deflated.
June Mummery was sharply critical of Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Ben Habib spoke to June Mummery about the problems facing the fishing industry
“We’re trying to get over the shock of the deal. But it’s not just the deal, it’s the broken promises and the lies that we were told – that takes time to recover from.”
She explained: “We were promised that we would take that full control of our waters and the resource and to have that taken away, taking our aspirations and our opportunities away from us, was a big blow.
“In fact, that took me longer to get over these, these lies and deceit of our government.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson chats to Ronnie Norquoy in the Orkney Islands in 2019
“Lots of people say, ‘well, June, you shouldn’t have trusted Boris’.
“Well yes I did trust Boris Johnson, he came to my hometown of Lowestoft, I had a meeting with him back in 2016, and he promised us that he would take back control. So, we’re getting over that.”
Mrs Mummery added: “I’m not that type of person will sit and cry my cornflakes.
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June Mummery said the deal was a “disaster”
Barrie Deas, chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations
“I’ve brushed myself down, started myself off and off we go again, we’re back fighting.
“And that is all we can do is continue to fight this this fight that we’ve had all these years.”
When the adjustment period in June 2026, annual talks will be held aimed at setting the amount EU fishing boats can catch in UK waters (and vice versa).
European fisheries mapped
Technically, the UK has the right to completely withdraw EU boats’ access to UK waters.
However, the EU could then respond by suspending access to its waters for UK boats or by imposing tariffs on fish exports from the UK to the EU.
Speaking to Express.co.uk last month, National Federation of Fishing Organisation CEO Barrie Deas said: We have now got the worst of all worlds.
“We have obstacles at the border in terms of getting a perishable commodity quickly to the customers in the EU.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator
“From a trade point view, Michel Barnier regards this as a natural consequence of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.”
He added: “We are a third country and an independent coastal state with that legal status.
“But we are still tied to that neo-colonial relationship with the EU where they have free access to our natural resources.
“In terms of adjustment, we have to find ways to ensure our product gets to the European markets.
Published at Fri, 26 Feb 2021 21:55:55 +0000