Casting off the mooring lines at North Shields, a small town in the north east of England boasting to be a haven for fishermen since 1225, and a dozen fishing boats were returning to Friday, the river Tyne to “save the fish from the british” and to protest against the postponement of Brexit.
On board ships, Scots, Northern Irish, English. Come fish for shrimp in the waters of the North sea, which surrounds this city of 10,000 inhabitants, they took their morning to “understand” in London that “the british fleet has been decimated” by the european countries, ” says the captain of the “Lady Pearl” Angus Murray, the sixty.
The common fisheries Policy (CFP) allows european boats to access the fishing zones of other member States, provided they adhere to catch quotas. An infringement of maritime sovereignty the british believed the protesters, supporters of “Brexit”, “hard”, a synonym of a clear break with the EU, gathered behind the movement “Fishing for Leave”.
“You fish fish, except that you can’t disembark. What’s the point ?” is indignant Gary Dunbar, 43 years old of which 26 spent on the water. Captain of the Moremma, a vessel of 23 metres, equipped with two large fishing nets, it offers to do “odd jobs” on the side for live.
“it kills me to see my grip pier when I’m doing my job,” echoed George Leslie, seaman, 21 years of age to the edge of the Moremma. “I hope to one day have my boat,” and that with the Brexit, “it becomes as of the time of my father, when there were no quotas”.
– “We won the vote!” –
The First british minister Theresa May has promised that, after Brexit, the United Kingdom could have set fishing quotas, and negotiate access to its waters.
“Why we believe ? She has lied and lied” reproaches Gawain Tauler, one of the organizers of the event and spokesperson of the Party of the Brexit, supported by mep Nigel Farage. According to him, the question of fishing is not only economical, it is also “highly symbolic” : “The Uk is an island, it has a long history of fishing.”
The Brexit, “it is a sensitive subject. Leaving the EU might be less good for our exports, but at least we’ll have control of our waters, our boats will be able to do what they want, and we may restrict foreign vessels”, ahead of his side Derek Hughes, skipper of the scottish.
On his arrival in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 13 kilometers from North Shields, a thirty protesters waving eu flags, waits for the fleet pro-Brexit. Unlike the vast majority of cities in the north-east of England, this city has voted for a continuation in the EU.
“Fuck! Who are you to dictate our future ? It has won the vote!” wins Gary Dunbar, descended to earth to explain in a tense atmosphere.