I visited Newlyn this week

Posted on: 29th August 2019

I visited Newlyn this week. In 1972 the then Conservative Government privately described our fishing industry as “expendable” when negotiating access to the EU. They placed our local fishermen at a perpetual disadvantage to foreign boats. It’s clear they still see our fishermen as “expendable”.

Conservative Brexit leaders promised the UK would “take back control” of our fish. But, if Brexit happens, foreign boats would still fish in British waters. The quota system would still dictate catch limits. As Newlyn depends on the profitable export market to the EU prospects don’t look rosey.