GETTYGermany's fishing industry will be hit by the UK's plans after Brexit, a German politician warned
Birgit Honé predicted Britain would strike a bilateral agreement with Norway over control of its North Sea waters - and warned Germany is likely to be “left out”.
Her warning comes after Brexit Secretary David Davis last week vowed the Government would make good on its promise to safeguard the UK’s fishing sector and take back control of the waters around the British Isles.
Ms Honé, head of Federal and European Affairs and Regional Development for Lower Saxony’s regional government, said other sectors would be hit in the region as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, including the car industry and agriculture.
She warned against a hard Brexit, insisting it will harm both the UK and Germany.
But Ms Honé told the Schaumburger Nachrichten newspaper German deep-sea fishing would likely be hit regardless of whether Britain pursues a hard or soft split.
She said the port town of Cuxhaven in Lower Saxony would suffer because cod trawlers based there cast their nets while travelling through British and Norwegian waters on their way to fishing grounds near Greenland.
The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy currently grants foreign fleets fishing rights in UK waters.
Vessels from the continent are allowed to operate between 12 and 200 nautical miles off the UK’s coastline, providing they stick to quotas set by the