How will Brexit affect fishing?
SIR, – Remarkably little has appeared in the media to show where our fishing industry is heading with Brexit, while Michael Gove’s stance is also far from clear.
The thinking appears to be that if we deny EU countries access to our waters, they will stick us with large tariffs on fish exports to Europe. It is far from clear what WTO rules say about tariff limits on fish and if we could make exports pay within them after a hard Brexit ... but if they need our fish...
We have heard nothing from Liam Fox or Mr Gove about alternative markets worldwide although we already know Norway has tariffs loaded on to its salmon exports into the EU. Of course, along with Norway, we control most of the North Sea fisheries and it might seem together, along with alternative markets, the EU would have to stop playing hardball. We probably have to look at allowing EU transitional access to British waters – but with a quota which will reduce as and when British boats and processors require more for home industry needs.
Sam Coull, Lendrum Terrace,