Mur­ray throws down fish­ing rights chal­lenge

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Uk And World News -

En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Michael Gove was chal­lenged in Par­lia­ment this week to en­sure that fish­ing rights are not given away dur­ing Brexit trade deal ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Sh­eryll Mur­ray, Con­ser­va­tive MP for South East Corn­wall, speak­ing dur­ing En­vi­ron­ment, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs ques­tions, said: “It is vi­tal that the UK is in com­plete con­trol of our fish­eries af­ter the im­ple­men­ta­tion pe­riod ends, and that our fish stocks are not used as a cur­rency to buy any trade deal.”

She asked Mr Gove to “urge the Prime Min­is­ter not to use our fish as a cur­rency”.

Mr Gove replied that she was “ab­so­lutely right to re­mind us that fish­ing will not be bartered away in the event of any fi­nal deal.

“I will make sure that we work with her to en­sure that con­sid­er­a­tion is prop­erly given in com­mit­tee to all pos­si­ble safe­guards for our fish­ing in­dus­try.”

Ply­mouth Labour MP Luke Pol­lard pointed out that in five weeks a new EU dis­card ban will kick in.

“While much at­ten­tion is on what fish­ing will look like af­ter Brexit, this poorly im­ple­mented dis­card ban be­fore Brexit risks ty­ing up our fish­ing fleet, es­pe­cially mixed fish­eries such as those in the South West,” Mr Pol­lard, MP for Ply­mouth, Sut­ton and Devon­port, said.

Mr Gove said that Fish­eries Min­is­ter Ge­orge Eus­tice, MP for Cam­borne and Re­druth, was look­ing at ways of putting in place mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures at next month’s EU Fish­eries Coun­cil – the last at which Bri­tain will have a say.

‘It is vi­tal that the UK is in com­plete con­trol of our fish­eries’ –

Sh­eryll Mur­ray, Con­ser­va­tive MP for South East Corn­wall

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.