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Brexit trade talks have made little progress with the end of the transition period in December quickly approaching. EU negotiator Michel Barnier has told the UK it must open its fishing grounds to EU vessels if Britain is to keep access to EU markets. This, along with demands for state aid and other regulations, has led to a deadlock between Brussels and London, making a no-deal scenario more likely. In April this year, BBC Hardtalk spoke with James Stephen, a Scottish fisherman from Peterhead.

He urged the government to ensure that control of UK waters is resumed.He said: “For me, taking back control is more important than taking back the quota.

“We have to manage and control the effort in the UK, otherwise I can see our industry coming to an end.

“They have the right and the right to fish in our waters as well, but we should get a favorable share.

“We suffered a terrible injustice in 1972, when Ted Heath took us to the European Union, we were sold downstream.

“All we ask is that injustice is reversed. “

Mr Stephen added that he would like to see the UK quota of 35 percent of fishing stocks doubled.

He said: “I would like to see more of the stock, we’re only taking 35% at the moment, I would like to at least see that double.

“Norway takes 85% of their stocks, Iceland 90%. ”

Journalist Stephen Sackur stressed that French fishermen would not tolerate such a decision.

But the Scottish fishermen replied, “I don’t care, take a look at this coast, there were at least 450 boats, now there are just over 100.”

“We have seen our coastal communities decimated, all we ask is to get some of them back. ”

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In the same documentary, Mr. Sackur met leading fishing figures from France.

Permanent representative of Haut de France in the United Kingdom, Jean-Paul Mulot warned against the blockades of French fishermen.

He told Mr Sackur: “We are in a difficult negotiation, and yes, fishing is the first file on the table and, unfortunately, it is not possible for the French to give up as well.

“We know that the fishermen, their reaction is going to blockade the ports here in Boulogne and probably in Calais which means it will affect the other side of the industry. “



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