NIGEL Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg lead a “Fish-Flinging” protest along with Brexiteer Tory MPs against Theresa May and her Remainer lead Conservative Government who sold out British fishermen earlier this week.
Jacob Rees-Mogg watched from the river bank, explaining he had a committee meeting to attend later in the morning.
The former UKIP leader was joined onboard a vessel by Tory MP for Aberdeen South Ross Thomson.
The protest was organised by Fishing for Leave after May’s Conservative lead government accepted a deal with the European Union which abandoned hardworking British fishermen.
The plans mean hard-up fishermen will not enjoy larger shares of fish in British waters in the Brexit transition period.
Fishing for Leave said: “Fishermen are furious that, in having to obey EU rules but with no resource, the EU could implement and enforce detrimental legislation to cull what’s left of the British fleet along with abolishing current rules such as the member state 12 mile limit which protects inshore and shell-fishermen.
The EU only gives British fishermen 25% of the resources although we contribute half the waters to the EU common pot.”
The EU forces British fishermen to discard half the fish they catch (the approximate equivalent of 1 billion fish portions), they then have to catch and kill more just to find the “right” species their quota allows them to keep.
Brexit would have allowed a change to new UK policy of limiting time at sea in return for landing all catches so vessels catch less but land more allowing a bright future for fish, fishermen and coastal communities.
Being trapped in the transition means being subjected to the EU discard ban where the vessel will have to cease fishing on exhausting their lowest, most pitiful quota and will reluctantly go bankrupt.