Fishing for Leave invite the public to get behind and support their nationwide flotillas on Sunday the 8th.  Fishermen and fishing communities are enraged that the government has capitulated to  Britain having to obey all EU law after Brexit.

This will include the disastrous CFP, fishermen fear the EU will be able to enforce ill-founded rules to cull the British fleet and use international law (UNCLOS Article 62.2) to claim the resources the UK would no longer be able to catch.

The group has been rallying Brexiteers to attend en-mass ashore to cheer on the flotillas and to invite friends, family and fellow Brexiteers to watch and show support with plenty flags and banners.

Fishing for Leaves spokesman Alan Hastings said;

The Transition is not just a 21 month delay but a death sentence for what’s left of the British fishing industry as the EU will be free to enforce and impose detrimental rules on us to cull what’s left of the UK fleet.

This would then allow the EU to use international law, UNCLOS Article 62.2, which says if a nation no longer has the capacity to catch its own resources it must give the surplus to its neighbours.

The EU would be free to easily eradicate what is left of our fleet and has every incentive to do so.

The EU can achieve eradication of our fleet using the failed quota system and discard ban.

The EU can abolish the 12mile limit that protects inshore and shell-fishermen.

The EU can also change the EU relative stability quota share-outs so the EU gets even more of our resources than the 60% they catch already.

Even worse, since the government has capitulated on an acid test,  Not only will we squander taking back control of a £6-8bn industry for coastal communities but the EU will use the governments weakness to give a rubbish trade deal.

We’ve been sold out to a worse position for nothing in return. 

Our nations fishing and communities were surrendered to the EU and have suffered immeasurably through EU mismanagement.

The vote to leave provides a golden opportunity to automatically repatriate all our waters and resources, worth £6-8 billion, and to start new policy to rejuvenate our coastal communities and industry.

Fishermen are sickened and enraged that our government has capitulated to obeying all EU law after Brexit. Consigning us to remaining trapped in the disastrous CFP until January 2021, and possibly trapped forever in exchange for a trade deal.

The transition is a second betrayal of fishing, of the Brexit vote, of an opportunity and is a second surrender of our communities.

Our communities might not matter to them but they matter to us.  Coastal communities count. MPs better remember that and that No deal is better than a bad deal or these flotillas will just be the start.

Locations for Events:

Newcastle First – 1000-1500  (30 vessels)
City Marina Pontoon

We ask that you join us in Newcastle on Sunday 8th April for the flotilla arriving from 12.00hrs onwards. Press will be able to travel upriver from N. Shields by request.

09.30 – Muster in North Shields
10.00 – Begin to depart North Shields vessels start to proceed slowly upriver to arrange into line astern.
10.30 – Flotilla fully underway and proceed upstream maintaining speed over ground of 6kts.
12.00 – Arrive Newcastle city centre and pass under Millennium Bridge. – Vessels to berth at pontoon and at North quayside downstream of pontoon.
13.30 – Vessels depart Newcastle city centre leaving under Millennium Bridge.
15.00 – Arrive North Shields and vessels berth or disperse to home ports.

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Plymouth Largest – 1500 -1800 (80 vessels)
The Hoe – Smeaton’s Tower

We ask that you join us in Plymouth on April the 8th from 15.00hrs onwards. Press will be able to go aboard vessels by request. Press ferry also available.

15.00 – Muster in Jenny Cliff Bay in SE corner of Plymouth Sound.
16.00 – Begin two anti-clockwise laps of NW/SE rectangular circuit marked by 4 racing buoys (see chart below).
17.00 – Complete 2 laps – Finish North end. Smaller vessels pass through Smeaton Pass. Congregate under the Hoe. Larger vessels to stay south of Shoals within lap circuit (see chart below). 
17.30 – Vessels disperse to their respective ports or enter Sutton Harbour. Larger vessels may berth at Victoria Pier (see chart below) whilst awaiting tide for Sutton Harbour.

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Whitstable – Last – 1700-2000 (40 vessels – boat to be torched on bonfire)
West Harbour Pier

We ask that you join us at Whitstable on Sunday 8th April for the flotilla massing off the harbour from 17.00hrs. A whole fishing vessel will be brought ashore and torched to conclude.

1700 – Muster off Whitstable harbour – spread out from harbour entrance west.
1730 – Begin a slow anti-clockwise oval steam from east to west or raft up off harbour (tbc depending on weather)
1900 – Vessels begin to mass close in to harbour entrance stretching west along shore.
19.10 (approx.) – Shore side bonfire with vessel atop to be lit. Sound horns/fireworks.
20.00 – Vessels depart and return to home ports or berth in harbour.

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Milford Haven – 1000-1300 (15 vessels)
The Rath Fishermen’s Memorial or Mackerel Quay.

We ask that you join us in Milford Haven on April the 8th from 12.00hrs onwards.

10.00 – Muster to West side of Harbour entrance at Red Cunjic Buoy (Q.R).
10.30 – Begin 3 anti-clockwise laps of East/West 1.5nm oval circuit from Red Cunjic Buoy (Q.R) East to Red Milford Shelf Buoy (FL.R.2.5s).
12.00 – Complete 3 laps – Finish to SW side of Milford Shelf Buoy. Sound Horns/Fireworks/etc.
12.30 – Vessels return to harbour or disperse to their respective ports.

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Portsmouth – 1400-1600 (15 vessels)
Clarence Esplanade War Memorial

We ask that you join us at Portsmouth on Sunday 8th April for the flotilla massing off the shore from 14.00hrs.

1400 – Muster off Clarence Pier.
1415 – Begin a slow anti-clockwise oval steam from Clarence pier south to fortress.
1530 – Vessels begin to mass towards Clarence pier. Sound horns/fireworks/flares ~ burn EU flags.
16.00 – Vessels depart and return to home ports or berth in harbour.

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Hastings – 1600-1800 – (20 vessels)
Pelham Place Car Park

We ask that you join us at Hastings on Sunday 8th April for the flotilla massing off the shore from 16.00hrs.

1600 – Muster off Hasting harbour pier – spread out from harbour entrance west.
1615 – Begin a slow anti-clockwise oval steam from harbour pier east to Hastings pier in the west.
1730 – Vessels begin to mass towards harbour pier stretching west along shore. Sound horns/fireworks/flares ~ burn EU flags.
18.00 – Vessels depart and return to home ports or berth in harbour.

For further details contact; press@ffl.org.uk or call 07827 399 408

On Social Media Please use our hashtags; #CoastalCommunitiesCount and #SaveBritainsFish

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