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FISHERIES could stand to be wiped out if Boris Johnson fails to agree a Brexit deal, UK fishermen have warned.

PUBLISHED: 20:49, Tue, Oct 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:49, Tue, Oct 20, 2020

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Fisheries have remained one of the main areas of divergence between the two sides throughout talks. If Mr Johnson fails to agree a deal during the Brexit talks, fishermen in remote communities have claimed they will not recover. Scottish fishermen, in particular, warned if the Prime Minister doesn’t agree a deal with the EU, the smaller fleets could suffer tariffs which could decimate fleets.

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Skipper in Campbeltown, John Brown told STV: “We need to keep access to our markets in Europe, definitely.

“The fishing is that bad with the prices, the tariffs would end up coming out of the boats as everything else does so it would make it impossible.

“It’s nearly impossible as it is.

“If this keeps carrying on the way it is, there will not be any boats left in the west coast.”

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Throughout Brexit talks, the EU has demanded continued access to Britain’s waters.

States such as France, are one of the largest benefactors of Britain’s waters and have, therefore, demanded similar access and quotas shares as to what they have under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Under the CFP, EU fishermen are given equal access to Europe’s exclusive economic zone, despite the UK's rich and large coastal area.

Due to France’s need for UK fish, processors in Scotland are also concerned boats may blockade ports or halt UK exports.

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