Start Agnew MEP slams culture of fear in British fishing community (22.10.13)
22nd October 2013
During a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (22.10.13), UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew has spoken out against the culture of fear now being generated in the British fishing community by the UK fisheries ministry.
Mr Agnew, who is UKIP’s spokesman on fishing revealed that fishermen were too frightened to attend a recent public meeting to discuss life outside of the Common Fisheries Policy, at which he was the speaker. The fishermen themselves had set up the meeting, held in the north of England.
Mr Agnew said: “Just before the meeting started, I got a phone call from a leader of a delegation (of fishermen). They were too frightened to come to the meeting. They were terrified of reprisals for listening to me, from our ministry of fisheries. That is the level of fear now amongst our fishing community. It is a disgrace.
“As for this report, British taxpayers having to subsidise the building of Spanish fishing boats to come and fish in what should be British waters! It is absolutely unacceptable. I also note the mention of a European coastguard. No thank you!”
The full speech can be viewed at: http://www.ukipmeps.org/articles_737_British-taxpayers-subsidising-Spanish-industry-to-fish-in-our-waters---Stuart-Agnew.html