The news is out: [No-deal risks triggering a European fishing war with the French pitted against a mainly Dutch armada competing for dwindling stocks if shut out of UK waters, Gallic fishing bosses have warned.
France this week threatened to veto post-Brexit trade talks over fishing rights and the issue remains one of the main bones of contention that have stymied a deal, along with so-called level playing provisions.
With no deal in sight, Olivier Le Prêtre, head of the Hauts-de-France fishing council – whose small boats fish 70 per cent of their catch in UK waters – said he feared the French would be overrun by European rivals if the UK cut them out of theirs.
“If it was only French fishermen in French waters, then no-deal might be ok but we have the Belgians, the Dutch to contend with,” he told the Telegraph.
“If they all end up in French waters, there is a risk of overfishing and in a few months we’ll annihilate stocks.”
The Dutch, he claimed, were the villains of the piece.
“This is a nation that is exterminating fish. They have bought up the European fleet, they fish to excess. We all know full well that if we exterminate the fish they won’t come back ever again,” he said.]
I bet all my money on whoever fights the French.