The Royal Navy will not be able to keep out EU fishermen if No Deal Brexit happens. Due to a shortage of ships, admitted in a leaked report recovered from a leaked email. It was mistakenly sent by the Department for the Enviroment, Food and Rural Affairs. The Royal Navy has just 12 vessels to monitor our territorial waters. Britain might be unable to stop fishermen from the EU entering British waters after a No Deal Brexit
It reveals there is a ‘lot of uncertainty’ at the heart of government over how effectively Britain will be able to police its waters if we leave without an agreement. An email sent by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs revealed the Royal Navy has just 12 vessels to prevent EU fishermen entering British waters. The information was released in error by Defra after a journalist asked about the No Deal readiness for the fishing industry. It admits there is a risk of ‘reputational damage’ to Defra.
- Email was sent by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Royal Navy has just 12 vessels to monitor Britain's territorial waters
- Reveals there is 'uncertainty' over how to police waters without agreement
The email reads: ‘We expect the journalist to take a largely critical tone for his piece, and to paint the picture of the UK not being in a strong position to sufficiently enforce our waters if we do leave the EU without a deal. Last month France's agriculture minister Didier Guillaume (pictured) warned Britain about trying to stop French fishermen entering its waters if there is No Deal.
Last month France’s agriculture minister Didier Guillaume (pictured) warned Britain about trying to stop French fishermen entering its waters if there is No Deal. ‘While our public position on this wider issue is already clear, in that post-Brexit we will be an independent coastal state with control of our waters, both policy and the Ministry of Defence have indicated we are not on an overly strong footing.
‘At this stage, there is a lot of uncertainty about the sufficiency of enforcement in a No Deal because we have 12 vessels that need to monitor a space three times the size of the surface area of the UK. ‘While the number of vessels is an MoD area, the knock-on impact of this could have reputational damage for Defra and our ability to protect fisheries so we need to provide a strong line to rebut this.’
Last month France’s agriculture minister Didier Guillaume warned Britain about trying to stop French fishermen entering its waters if there is No Deal. He said: ‘I will keep telling Britain our fishermen must be allowed to keep fishing in its waters.’