Telegraph: Brexit ‘Could Boot French Fishermen Out of British Waters’

French Fishermen
The Daily Telegraph reports: French fishermen fear that Brexit could wreck their industry if they are denied crucial access to British territorial waters in the Channel. The French National Fisheries Committee complained on Tuesday that larger vessels accustomed to fishing in British territorial waters could be deprived of up to 80 per cent of their catch. French boats are currently allowed to fish up to six nautical miles from the British coast but EU laws prevent British vessels from fishing within 12 miles of the French coast. The committee has written to the French prime minister, Manuel Valls, warning that Normandy, Brittany and the ‘Hauts de France’ region around Calais could be “very badly affected” by Britain’s departure from the EU. Bruno Margollé, head of a fishing cooperative, said: “If tomorrow we can no longer exercise our historic rights (to fish) in English waters, that could mark the end of French fishing in Boulogne. The impact is going to be huge.” Boulogne-sur-Mer is France’s largest fishing port and the head of the regional Fisheries Committee, Olivier Leprêtre, said: “We’re really worried. If the English take back their waters we’ll lose important fishing areas.” Jean-Pierre Le Visage of the Scapêche company, which