European Parliament's Fisheries Committee to host debate on impact of Brexit on the Common Fisheries Policy - Liadh Ní Riada MEP
Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland-South and the only Irish MEP on the fisheries committee, Liadh Ní Riada, is to participate on the 11th October in a high-level hearing which she has requested in the European Parliament on the potential impact of Brexit on Irish fisheries and on the Common Fisheries Policy.
Liadh Ní Riada MEP said;
“Brexit has brought up challenges but also potential dialogue for the Irish government to seek out a new arrangement to benefit Irish fishermen who have been at a massive disadvantage due to lacklustre government intervention and representation.
“With the Brexit negotiations they must press for new ways to renegotiate previous arrangements with their counterparts in the European Council which is comprised of government representatives for each member state.
“'The European Council hold the real power when it comes to negotiating, particularly in relation to quotas. This is an opportunity for the Irish government to step up to the plate and for once fight for our fisheries.
“Coastal communities right across Ireland have suffered enough and simply cannot afford to be left out of any deals or negotiations in relation to Brexit and the Common Fisheries Policy.
“The whole quota system and MSY needs to be revised, especially considering the fact that Brexit will affect distribution and there will potentially be decreased access for our fishermen to Irish waters under British jurisdiction in the north of Ireland, which is both impractical and unjustifiable.
“Whilst Brexit is detrimental to all-Ireland cooperation, trade, freedom of movement and the security of the peace process it is still important to explore avenues where the Irish people can get beneficial concessions, including ending partition and getting the best deal possible for our island.”