‘We NEED English waters!’ German fishermen reveal Brexit terror and demand UK access

date: 2019-01-11

‘We NEED English waters!’ German fishermen reveal Brexit terror and demand UK access

11 January 2019 - FISHERMEN in Germany are terrified of losing access to British waters after Brexit.

Dieter Hullmann, Chairman of the fishing cooperative Elsfleth, has revealed fears about Brexit’s impact on deep sea fishing for the country, with a whopping 90 percent of plaice, herring and mackerel catches coming from British waters. He told German website www.nwzonline.de: "We need the English.” Mr Hullmann said his fishermen will also struggle to get their hands on Norway lobster which are also found in British seas. 


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Currently, he seamlessly exchanges the lobster for cod with his business partners in England but is uncertain about how the transaction will continue post-Brexit, especially if the UK leaves without a deal. 

What’s more his fishermen will have to abide by EU fishing quotas which Mr Hullmann says is a “misjudgement of science.”

He added: "No one can pinpoint exactly how much fish there is in the North Sea."

German fishermen
Many fish enjoyed by Germans are found in British waters (Image: Getty)
Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly said Britain will become an “independent coastal state” after it leaves the European Union. 

Even if MPs vote through her Brexit deal next week, the UK will be taken out of the controversial EU Common Fisheries policy which gives all European fishing fleets equal access to EU waters and fishing grounds . 

But the UK will have to reach an agreement with the EU after the end of the transition period in 2020 to negotiate reciprocal access to each other’s waters.

Mr Hullman’s comments come after French fishermen revealed fears they could go bankrupt in a no deal scenario.


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He said: “Usually French Fishermen spend 75 percent of their time in British waters. British waters are extremely rich with fish. 

“If the UK crashes out of the EU that means in just a few weeks they won’t be able to access these waters anymore.

“They said that would be catastrophic, it would be the end of their jobs and potentially a lot of bankruptcy as well.

“A lot of them seemed confident that somehow there will be some sort of an agreement between the UK and EU fishing sectors because there is so much at stake."