ENVIRONMENT secretary Michael Gove has claimed the United Kingdom will be “in the driving seat” as Britain has set out its new plan to “take back control of our waters” post-Brexit.
Michael Gove has set out the UK’s ambitious plan for a new fishing regime as Britain “takes back control” post-Brexit.
The Environment Secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the UK will become an independent coastal state, adding Britain will “hold the cards” and be in the “driving seat”.
The blueprint could allow British fishermen to catch more fish after the existing EU system quotas is torn up.
He said: “One thing is clear, we will have more fish in our sea’s which are caught by British vessels.
“Because when we are an independent coastal state, under international law it will be the case that the exclusive economic zone around these islands, a two hundred nautical mile limit will be ours to police and we will control access.
“And therefore we will control who comes, what they catch and what fish are landed here”.
Mr Gove added: “I am describing an situation in international law and, of course, it will an annual negotiation but it will be an annual negotiation where we hold the cards and we are in the driving seat.
“The difference at the moment is that the Common Fisheries Policy allows, in fact, requires vessels from other countries to fish in our waters.