Holly Lynch and her Shadow DEFRA colleagues have responded to the news from Brussels of a Brexit deal that will seriously let down the fishing industry and coastal communities.

Labour’s Shadow Fisheries Minister Holly Lynch MP said;

“Michael Gove and George Eustice have been promising the Fishing Industry that the UK would take back absolute control of our waters from day one of leaving the EU.

“We now know that the rest of the Government have been having very different conversations with the EU27 and it is understandable that fishing communities feel so angry and let down.

“This Government must now be clear about who is leading these negotiations on Fishing, Michael Gove or Theresa May, and be completely honest with the fishing industry about what this means for transition and beyond.”

Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for DEFRA Sue Hayman will be in Brussels this week speaking to MEPs and officials about the detail for Fishing and Farming over the course of Brexit.

Labour have also launched a consultation and are asking the fishing industry to feed into it to help us keep the fishing industry’s concerns at the forefront of our scrutiny of the Government, as phase two of the negotiations gets underway.

Sue Hayman said;

“Any fisheries policy must be re-balanced to work for our coastal communities and Labour want to hear from fisher men and women about the best ways to make that happen. I will be in Brussels this week going through the practicalities in detail.”

Luke Pollard MP, Co-Chair of Labour Friends of Fishing added;

“Fishing communities across the UK have been given bold assurances by Ministers about what would happen to fishing on day one of any Brexit transition. It’s clear that the big promises have not been matched by delivery. Fishing towns do not want grand promises but communities like the one I represent, now need honesty and clarity from this Government.”

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