Former government minister claims the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy has been a “biological, environmental, economic and social catastrophe”

July 26, 2019

Yesterday in the House of Commons, former minister Owen Paterson said the Common Fisheries Policy has been a “biological, environmental, economic and social catastrophe which has ruined coastal communities and brought devastation to our marine environment”.

He called on new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to confirm the UK will establish “total sovereignty” over the EEZ (exclusive economic zone) and become a “normal marine nation like Norway or Iceland” and negotiate on an annual basis based on reciprocal deals.

Mr Johnson said: “We will become an independent coastal state again and we under no circumstances repeat the mistake of the government in the 1970s which traded our fisheries away at the last moment in the talks. That was a reprehensible thing to do. We will take back our fisheries and we will boost that extraordinary industry.”