Local Liberal Democrats are calling for more support for our local fishing industry as the combined impact of Covid-19 and Brexit continues to drive businesses to brink of bankruptcy.
There have been protests in London over the government’s Brexit deal that has not delivered any of the benefits to the fishing industry that were promised. Increased bureaucracy due to Brexit has led to severe delays for UK fishing fleets and led to massive losses in income driving many to the edge of bankruptcy.
James MacCleary, who is the local parliamentary spokesperson for the Lib Dems and lives in Newhaven, says: “Big promises were made to our fishing communities across the UK including ours here in Newhaven. It’s already clear that they have been betrayed by the government.
“Hopefully negotiations will continue and the government will be able to move past political point scoring and get a better deal with the EU for our fishing communities.
“In the meantime, we need to get behind our local fishing industry in Newhaven and buy local. More people buying local fish will help but ultimately the only thing that’s really going to boost our fishing industry is a grown up discussion with the EU that deals in realities not more Boris Johnson fantasies.”
Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis said:
“As a responsible independent coastal State we are taking measures to ensure that we fish sustainably, and that our fishermen can continue to operate smoothly while annual negotiations take place.
As the annual negotiations have not yet concluded the Government has reviewed our provisional catch limits.
These updated provisional catch limits continue to follow our new quota shares and the approach outlined in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. We have continued to apply the precautionary approach we have taken to ensure we fish sustainably while annual negotiations continue.”