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Brexit Party MEP loses it as eurocrat refuses to say EU will stop Dutch ‘stealing UK fish’

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Daily Express :: UK Feed 

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The Brexit Party MEP clashed with Commissioner Jourova as he demanded to know how the European Union is planning to uphold international law to keep Dutch fishermen from “stealing” catch from British waters after Brexit. Fishing communities in the UK have long lamented restrictions the EU imposed through the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) while granting access to foreign vessels to British fish. Addressing Ms Jourova after she insisted the EU would act “according to the law,” Mr Lowe said: “You speak in platitudes.

“Surely, EU values are judged by what the hands are doing, not by what the mouth is saying. After all, the treaties also say the EU contributes to the strict observance of international law.

Let me be more specific. Under international law, the EU will not have rights to fish in British waters after Brexit unless there is a deal.

“Whether there’s a deal or not, the EU cannot discriminate between WTO members so if there’s no deal, what will the EU do to uphold international law so that Dutch fishermen don’t steal fish in British waters and French fishermen don’t blockade Calais?”

However, Commissioner Jourova refused to answer the question: “I would refer this question to my colleague, Michel Barnier, who is the negotiator and knows all the aspects of no deal, and deal and whatever deal.”

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Mr Lowe also condemned the decision of the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Committee to reject proposals the British Government made to help resolve the backstop deadlock. 

Boris Johnson proposed the controversial backstop be bypassed by keeping Northern Ireland in the single market while having the region quit the customs union with the rest of the UK.

Membership of the single market would be subject to a vote in the Northern Irish Assembly but Brussels dismissed the plan as it would cause the return of a customs border on the island. 

The Brexit Party MEP continued: “The EU has committed to respect the principles of the UN Charter. UN resolutions are very clear that no state may use economic, political or any other type of measure to coerce another state in order to obtain from it the subordination of its sovereign rights.

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The Brexit Steering Committee’s rejection of Boris’ offer and Leo Varadkar implying that the backstop must include Northern Ireland within the customs union without input from Stormont is not just subordinating UK authority to the EU – it’s taxation without representation.

Is that now an EU value or perhaps, you could forgive me for concluding that EU values don’t matter when punishing the Brits. Is Northern Ireland the price to pay for us leaving the club?”

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Ms Jourova provided a lengthier answer as the grilling continued but still refused to comment on the state of the negotiations between the EU and the UK.

The European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said: “The EU values matter always, that’s the first thing. The EU acts according to EU law and according to primary and secondary law.

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“The Commission is the guardian of the treaty. These are the principles we use working and in all the negotiations.

“Negotiations on Brexit are very difficult, they are now in a very difficult stage – I am not going to comment on this – but I wanted to tell you EU values always matter and there is never the case when EU values.”

French President Emmanuel Macron warned the Prime Minister Brussels will decide whether a deal is possible by the end of this week.

The warning prompted the Government to launch preparations for a potential breakdown of talks with the bloc, a Number 10 insider claimed.

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A Government official told the BBC the EU has not shown a desire to “budge one centimetre” since Mr Johnson presented his new proposals to the Commission and Michel Barnier last week.

The official claimed a divorce deal was not completely ruled out, insisting the Prime Minister’s plans were “the only way out”.

Brexit Party MEP loses it as eurocrat refuses to say EU will stop Dutch ‘stealing UK fish’

The Brexit Party MEP clashed with Commissioner Jourova as he demanded to know how the European Union is planning to uphold international law to keep Dutch fishermen from “stealing” catch from British waters after Brexit. Fishing communities in the UK have long lamented restrictions the EU imposed through the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) while granting access to foreign vessels to British fish.

The Brexit Party MEP clashed with Commissioner Jourova as he demanded to know how the European Union is planning to uphold international law to keep Dutch fishermen from “stealing” catch from British waters after Brexit . Fishing communities in the UK have long lamented restrictions the EU imposed through the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) while granting access to foreign vessels to British fish.

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