Mr Redwood’s intervention during the Statement on Sustainable Fisheries, 4 July 2018

John Redwood (Wokingham) (Con): Is this not a great Brexit opportunity to restore our fishing grounds and rebuild our fishing industry? Is it not the case that we have a huge opportunity to make sure that much more of our fish is landed by our boats, so that we ensure that our traditional fish and chips once again includes fish from our fishing grounds, properly looked after by a national policy?

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Michael Gove): My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. During the referendum campaign, he made a passionate and coherent case for many of the benefits that could accrue to Britain as a result of leaving the EU. My friend outside this House, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, who argued for a slightly different position during the referendum, made the point that when it comes to fish, certainly in the Conservative party, we are all Brexiteers now.

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  1. Posted July 5, 2018 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    For all of the good news on recovering our fishing industry there has still been no stated intention to remove the UK registration of EU27 fishing vessels/companies that re-registered in UK for no other reason than to enable them to boost their own national quotas, by enabling them to fish from UK QUOTA’s. Refer ‘Factortame’.

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