Following the Prime Minister’s statement on the political declaration for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, Peter Aldous seeks confirmation from the PM that the political declaration does not undermine our future control of fishing and access to our waters and will enable us to stop the abhorrent practice of electric pulse fishing by Dutch trawlers off the East Anglian coast.
Electric pulse fishing by Dutch trawlers off the East Anglian coast is devastating our fisheries and should stop now. Can the Prime Minister confirm that there is nothing in the political declaration that undermines the cornerstone of the Fisheries Bill that, in future, we will control access to our waters and will be able to stop this abhorrent practice?
As I said earlier, we will be an independent coastal state. We will be negotiating that access to our waters in our own interests, but, as my hon. Friend will see within the fishing opportunities section of the political declaration, we are very clear that we need to work to ensure that fishing is at sustainable levels. That is in the interests of all fishermen to ensure that the industry can survive and be sustainable into the future.
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