The big question: How can it be that an industry that has less full time employees than a village - circa 8 500 people - be so controversial?
How can this be driving our #Brexit future?
UKs fishermen great decline happened post WWII but pre EEC.
In economic terms fishing is barely 0.1% of UK GDP!
gov.uk/government/sta… chap 1, table 1.2
Thats how trade works.
UK doesnt import fish "because of EU", it imports fish because it prefers to do so rather than eat its own.
Post #Brexit UK needs int coop to ensure "our" fish stocks survive, because what many Leave voters dont get......
If UK doesnt join shared fish stock managment it is as likely to lose as to gain. We arent in 19th century anymore. Fishing is big, industrialised & international.
In reality the Govt knows this - it just cant admit it.
A deal will be done & it will look a lot like...what we have now..as it makes sense!
Now you see the problem...
Again the media forget this..
Britain exports £92m of fish (incl. £220m salmon) to the EU in 2015 & imported £775m. France & Spain would have incentives to demand high tariffs on fish imports from the UK - shld no agreement on quotas be reached.
1 depletion of its stocks outside of CFP
2 EU tariffs
3 damage to fish process industy
4 Loss of access to traditional waters
So with this in mind why is UK going crazy over an indsutry employing roughly same nr of people as opticians?
1 simple industry idea to communicate
2 harks back to idealised past
3 sustain. fish management clashes with ideas of strict borders
4 old ideas abt how trade works
It’s romanticism as policy - its 19th century village patriotism
Or to be less polite....
...risking your industry, trade to world's biggest trade bloc & UK sustainable fishing grounds to try & increase the number of UK fishermen by a few hundred in a job many dont want to do now in an industry barely 0.1% of GDP is....
Should have been "Britain exports £920m of fish (incl. £220m salmon).
But im sure you all got that!