Study: Brexit costs British fishermen £ 300 million

Released on 30.09. 2021

  • According to a study, leaving the EU will cost British fishermen 300 million pounds. Photo: David Keyton

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Fisheries were discussed emotionally during the Brexit negotiations. London had announced high additional income for the industry. However, a new study reveals other figures.

London (dpa) – According to an industry study, Brexit will cost British fishermen up to 2026 around 300 million pounds (just under 350 million euros ) Losses.

If the British government does not negotiate more rights in negotiations with international partners, losses of 64 millions of pounds per year are expected, announced the Association of British Fisheries Organizations (NFFO). This is in strong discrepancy with the government’s announcement that the industry will continue until 2026 thanks to Brexit 148 will earn millions more pounds.

Fisheries were one of the most emotional topics in the Brexit negotiations between the UK and of the EU. Until recently, both sides argued about a quota system that would allow EU fishermen to continue fishing in British waters. Because of the promise that Great Britain would regain control of its waters after leaving the EU, many fishermen had campaigned and voted for Brexit.

Three quarters of a year after the final exit the EU was now disaffected by the industry. “The best opportunity in a generation to revitalize the UK fishing industry and support our coastal communities has been wasted,” said NFFO chief Barrie Deas.

There was also criticism of the Quota regulation. The study said that Great Britain has grown on paper here. However, these are mainly fish that, for various reasons, are not fished at all. Missing agreements with Norway as well as the Faroe Islands and Greenland, both of which belong to Denmark, have also reduced the fishing opportunities for large parts of the British fleet, it said.

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