If the Tories are able to achieve that in the December 12 poll, Boris Johnson will immediately look to finally push his Brexit deal through the UK Parliament. Britain is set to leave the European Union on January 31, but British fishermen are currently bound by the CFP. Last week, British fishermen erupted in fury at Brussels, accusing the EU of being “determined” to continue to “pillage” Britain’s fisheries, even after the UK has fully cut ties with the bloc.
The EU was planning on requesting access to British waters as part of any future trade deal with the UK.
But Fishing For Leave reacted furiously, claiming the European Union is “determined” on forcing Britain to “surrender fishing” even once the country has fully cut ties with the Brussels bloc.
Prime Minister Mr Johnson has repeatedly said the UK will take back control of its fisheries after Brexit and become an “independent coastal state”.
Now former Environment Secretary Michael Gove has insisted when the UK leaves the EU, “we will be an independent coastal state, in full control of our water”.
Brexit news: Michael Gove has promised Britain will be outside the Common Fisheries Policy (Image: GETTY)
Brexit news: Michael Gove said the UK 'will be an independent coastal state' (Image: @ScotTories / Twitter)
Speaking in a video on the Scottish Conservatives Twitter account following a meeting with the Scottish White Fish Producers Association, he said: “What can we look forward to, not just the sea of opportunity that we hear about, but in terms of what a Conservative majority government can provide for the fishing industry
“If we have a Conservative majority Government, we will be outside of the Common Fisheries Policy and outside of the CFP there is a huge opportunity for Scotland’s coastal communities, especially here in the North East
“One of the things we are absolutely clear about is that when we leave the European union, we will be an independent coastal state, in full control of our waters.”
Mr Gove also insisted negotiations with the EU over access to their markets to trade and access to British waters will be separate, and will take place on an annual basis.
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Brexit news: Michael Gove made several pledges to British fishermen (Image: @ScotTories /