A LEADING Brexit Party MEP has taken to the EU to task in the European Parliament, after asking them when the last time the leadership in Brussels had even spoken to fishermen.
A furious Brexiteer MEP has lashed out at the EU for destroying UK fisheries, claiming that many British fishermen wouldn’t be able to even buy Christmas gifts this year. MEP June Mummery took issue with the controversial EU Common Fisheries Policy – a common target for British fishermen who claim it has ruined their livelihood. Speaking at a debate at the EU’s Fisheries Committee, Ms Mummery asked when was the last time any of the EU elite had bothered to speak to any fishermen face-to-face.
The MEP challenged the Fisheries Committee members to get out and “speak to the people” for themselves to better understand the state of the fishing industry.
The question silenced the room, as the Brexit Party MEP went on to outline how British waters had been left “without any fish” because of EU rules.
Ms Mummery said: “I have been to all of the major fishing towns in the past month, and I can say there is no fish left.
“Having spoken to the fishermen, we have to say that the Common Fisheries Policy has been a total disaster for small-scale fishermen.”
She continued: “It has brutalised small-scale fishermen and created a divide between the haves and the have-nots in the industry.
“We have a situation where 89 percent of the English fleet can access only 3 percent of the fishing opportunities.
“One of the worst lies in the Brexit debate being told by those wanting to remain in the EU bloc is that fishermen sold off their quota.
“For the vast majority of fishermen, most of whom are struggling to make a living, they never had a quota to sell.
“This has left fishermen struggling to feed their families.
“Well enough is enough, we cannot keep playing with people’s lives by time and again failing to tackle the root cause of the issue.
“So please tell me how are we going to compensate the fishermen who can’t even put presents under the tree for their children this Christmas.”
This comes after European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen unveiled the EU’s new European Green deal.
According to the proposals, from 2021, at least 40 percent of the budget for the common agricultural policy and 30 percent of fisheries subsidies would be devoted to tackling climate change, which could be a huge blow to the European fishing industries.
Reports last week suggested that the EU had made access to Britain’s waters a condition of a free trade deal after Brexit.
In response, Boris Johnson vowed to fight back against EU demands for access.