Sand Eel fisheries dispute – Greenpeace comment

As the negotiations between the UK and the EU on sand eel fisheries approach their deadline[1], Will McCallum, Co-executive Director of Greenpeace UK, said :

“The powers the UK acquired through Brexit allowed us to protect the sand eel fisheries in our waters and let them stay in the marine ecosystem and feed our struggling puffins, seals, and other coastal wildlife, instead of being hoovered up by factory ships to feed Danish pigs. That decision showed us the possibility of an alternative Brexit where the UK used it’s new powers to stand up to multinational industries and vested interests, to protect the things that matter to the UK public. It would be a national tragedy if one of the few clear gains in the Brexit saga, where we really did take back control and do what was right for Britain, could be negotiated away so quickly.”