REVEALED: EU countries BUY up British fishing quotas BEFORE Brexit

REVEALED: EU countries BUY up British fishing quotas BEFORE Brexit

BRITAIN’s hopes of taking back control of its seas look to be in jeopardy after it was revealed that European countries are rapidly buying up the UK’s fishing quotas ready for Brexit.

Figures published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) suggest Spain, Holland and non-EU state Iceland have already bought up almost 90 percent of the entire fishing quota of Wales, as well as more than half that assigned to England.

The revelation comes despite environment secretary Michael Gove’s insistence that Brexit will enable the UK to regain control of fishing rights within British waters.

Last week’s Brexit transition deal revealed that the UK will abide by the EU’s common fisheries policy for 21 months after departure from the bloc.

Douglas Ross, who represents the Moray constituency, said of the transition deal: “There is no spinning this as a good outcome, it would be easier to get someone to drink a pint of cold sick than try to sell this as a success.

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