With European Union exit negotiations still ongoing, local MP for Hastings and Rye, Amber Rudd, has called on the Government to stand shoulder-to-shoulder alongside the UK’s fishing industry. Under current arrangements set out in the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), significant pressure has been brought to bear on fishing businesses across the UK – many of which have faced restrictions with regards to the amount of fish that they are allowed to catch under EU law. Critics of the EU argue that the relative deprivation of many UK coastal communities has much to do with the decline of local fishing industries, which it is argued, can be linked in turn to the EU’s CFP.
Commenting on the UK’s negotiations with the EU on fishing rights, Amber Rudd MP said: “As we enter into the final phase of exit negotiations with the EU, I call on the Government to ensure that the UK fishing industry’s interests are protected. Britain’s departure from, and new relationship with, the EU represents an opportunity to reform fishing regulations and get a better deal for our hard-working fishermen.”
Amber added: “As the Member of Parliament for a constituency with a long-standing tradition for fishing, I will do all that I can to ensure that the concerns of the local fishing industry is properly heard in Parliament, and that Hastings’ Fishermen are not left out in the cold during negotiations with the EU.”