Fishing leaders call for Brexit "backbone" to secure £1.6bn boom

The UK could be in line for a post-Brexit fishing boom which would see the industry double in value to £1.6 billion - if political leaders show "backbone" during EU divorce talks.
Fishing industry leaders are predicting post-Brexit boomFishing industry leaders are predicting post-Brexit boom
Fishing industry leaders are predicting post-Brexit boom

New research published by the Scottish Fishermen's Federation today shows that the value of the fleet is poised for substantial growth when the UK leaves the EU and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). This allows open access for all UK waters for European boats.

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Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) chief executive Bertie Armstrong said he expected that the British fleet, two-thirds of which are Scottish boats, could gradually move to 85% of all fish catches, with the remainder landed by EU boats which would retain some access.

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"These figures highlight the Sea of Opportunity Brexit will yield for the industry," Mr Armstrong said today.

"Key to maximising the potential gain will be political backbone in the Brexit talks, and 100% resistance to any kind of messy trade-offs such as guaranteeing no-change access to EU vessels, or linkage of the trading of fish to access to UK waters."

He added: "We have never said that EU vessels will not be permitted to fish UK waters after Brexit, but the critical element here is that this will be negotiated in the correct international forums and be done so n our terms and no-one else's."