Murray throws down fishing rights challenge
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