Yesterday I sought reassurances from the Government that Fareham fishermen will have greater opportunities to fish in local waters after the UK’s departure from the EU.
Speaking in the House of Commons, I asked:
‘Bass has been fished in the Solent for centuries, and the exceptionally resilient fishermen of today are based in Warsash in my constituency. For decades, they have seen their livelihoods and freedoms eroded by EU regulations. Will the Minister explain to and reassure the fishermen in Warsash about the opportunities they will face once we have left the EU and taken back control of our fisheries policy?’
Steve Baker, a Minister in the Department for Exiting the EU, responded:
‘As I have travelled during my duties, I have met a number of fishers who have been very keen to make sure that we take back control of our waters. I assure my hon. Friend that the Government will be seeking a fairer share of quota as we take control of our fisheries policy.’