LONDON (Reuters) – Supporters of Britain’s exit from the European Union dumped crates of haddock into the River Thames on Wednesday to protest towards Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit transition deal which they are saying has betrayed the fishing business.
As a part of the transition deal introduced on Monday, Britain agreed to stay throughout the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) for round 20 months after Britain’s exit on March 29, 2019.
In Scotland, home to Britain’s richest fishing grounds, lawmakers from May’s Conservative Party have pledged they won’t again a last Brexit deal except Britain leaves the Common Fisheries Policy altogether.
Fishermen blame the CFP for insurance policies which they are saying will render their business bankrupt.
Nigel Farage, one of many 2016 pro-Brexit marketing campaign’s most influential figures, and different campaigners flung crates of haddock into the river as a mark of protest towards quotas which they are saying pressure them to discard edible fish.
“It’s absolutely tragic, what a waste,” Farage informed reporters as he tipped fish overboard from a small fishing boat on the River Thames exterior parliament.
“Nine percent of the haddock quota is all the UK gets from the European Union. It’s dreadful isn’t it? It absolutely breaks my heart to see that happening, but it’s happening on a massive scale all over the country. Can people please wake up?”
The protestors travelled down the Thames to parliament in a small fishing boat flying British flags.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative lawmaker who is a staunch defender of Brexit, drew crowds of reporters to a pier in central London to look at the boat cross and specific his concern on the affect the transitional deal might have on fishing communities.
“It’s not about rocking the boat, it’s about standing up for important communities across the country,” he informed reporters when requested if he was anxious that he would upset May’s government with the protest.
He mentioned he disagreed with throwing fish into the river, however known as the transitional deal a mistake, albeit a brief one.
“The transition deal is not a good deal, but that if it leads to a proper end state it is something that many people can live with reluctantly,” he mentioned.
Reporting by William James; enhancing by Guy Faulconbridge