It was a SELLOUT! Boris Johnson shamed for surrendering UK waters – POLL

EU: Bocquet on ‘realignment mechanisms’ in fishing waters

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Tempers have repeatedly frayed over how fishing rights are divided between the UK and EU. And despite an 11-hour deal being struck to avert a no-deal Brexit, many believe that Boris Johnson sold the UK’s fishing industry down the river.

A resounding 87 percent of readers (7,294 people) polled agreed the prime minister had “surrendered the UK’s fishing waters to the EU”.

Meanwhile a measly 12 percent of readers (944 people) polled said Mr Johnson’s post-Brexit fishing arrangements didn’t represent a sell-out of the UK’s beleaguered fishing industry.

One percent of respondents (136 people) replied ‘don’t know’.

The resounding result emerged as dozens of readers vented their fury at UK fishermen being hung out to dry.

One wrote: “It was a sellout. It makes you wonder if Brexit actually happened and they just say it did – after all the EU still behaves as if they are still in charge.

“What a mess the next GE (General Election) will be.

“You obviously can’t trust Boris – and you can’t trust the Tory party not to put up another candidate for PM in the same mold as the last three.”

Another said: “Boris the clown gave us BRINO (Brexit in Name Only). WE still have the EU threatening us with court action so how can we be out.

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“Boris is a walloper, But the Conservative party is no better. It’s time Tory MPs gave Boris a kick in the General De Gaulles.”

A third raged: “Boris should be ashamed of himself selling out UK fishers to the EU.


The deal, secured following multiple delays and missed deadlines, stipulated a five-and-a-half year adjustment period from January 1.

During this time, the value of catch British fishermen can take from the UK’s Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) will increase by about 25 percent.

This will mean that approximately £140 million worth of fish will be handed back to the UK fishing industry by 2026.

But many fishermen have refused to buy into Mr Johnson’s pledge that the deal will lead to “quite prodigious quantities of extra fish” becoming available.

Many campaigners have argued the deal does not do enough to repair the damage done to the industry by years of membership of the EU’s controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

A total of 8,374 readers were polled between 5pm on April 2 and 12.30pm on April 3.

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