UK won’t be able to patrol its fishing waters after Brexit, leaked memo reveals

Last Updated: August 10, 2019By Tags: , , , , , , ,

The UK’s fishing waters: The nation has 12 boats to patrol the area marked in blue on the map. Good luck!

It seems clear the Conservative government has failed to make any practical preparations at all for the “no deal” Brexit Boris Johnson wants so much.

(Also, the Tories seem to have bought their email system from the same place as Capita, considering the fact that it seems to be sending confidential correspondence to unexpected places.)

So now we know that the UK has just 12 ships available to patrol an area of fishing water three times the size of the country’s land mass.

But don’t worry – Tory ministers are “confident” security will be enforced.

There is “a lot of uncertainty” about the UK’s capacity to patrol fishing waters after a no-deal Brexit, a government memo mistakenly emailed to the BBC has revealed.

The memo, from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, says there are just 12 ships “to monitor a space three times the size of the surface area of the UK”.

In the event of leaving without a deal, the UK would become an independent coastal state and leave the Common Fisheries Policy, which states the EU’s shared rules about how much fish countries can catch and where.

But ministers said they are confident security will be enforced after Brexit.

The more honest answer is that anybody will be able to wander into our waters, steal our fish to the point where none are left, and wander out again – but you can’t expect honesty from a Tory, can you?

Source: Brexit: Email slip-up reveals no-deal fishing patrol ‘uncertainty’ – BBC News

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  1. trev August 10, 2019 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    “Rule Brittania, Brittania rules the waves.
    ..” erm…maybe not.

  2. MARK BEVIS August 10, 2019 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    “anybody will be able to wander into our waters, steal our fish to the point where none are left, and wander out again”
    Some would argue that is already happening anyway. Although, why anyone these days wants to eat radioactive food laced with micro-plastics is all a bit weird anyway.

  3. Mo August 10, 2019 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Wonderful. Just put Chris Grayling in charge. He will sort it all

  4. nmac064 August 10, 2019 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    So much for taking back control.

  5. Florence August 10, 2019 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    It’s been obvious that our armed forces have been cut to below operational capability just like police, NHS, local government, and of course care and social security. This is just the first of many pennies to drop hopefully for those who think this Brexit is about “making us great again”. It is rapidly exposing our absolute poverty, our demise, our collective impoverishment by the 1%, and not least the poverty of the quality of Tories who have been sent to rule over us.

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