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MP Angus MacNeil accused Mr Gove of “staggering naivety.”


He said the “SNP have long been concerned that Scottish fisherman’s rights would again be used as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations by the Tories.


“Michael Gove has given away these rights before the negotiations have even


Labour’s Holly Lynch slammed the “mixed messages.”


His “tough line” on banning EU vessels is being diluted, she added.


A spokesman for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed European trawlers will still be able to access UK territorial waters but “on our terms and under our control.”


He added: “We will allocate quotas on the basis of what is scientifically sustainable, making sure we have a healthy marine environment and profitable fishing industry in the UK.”


UK government accused of watering down restrictions on fishing access

6 August 2017

UK environment secretary Michael Gove has been slammed after he reportedly told the Danish fishing industry that EU fishing boats will still be able to operate in UK waters after Brexit.


The UK is due to ditch the common fisheries policy after which allows member countries to operate between 12 and 200 nautical miles off the British coast.


During a visit to Denmark, Michael Gove said: “Danish fishermen will still be able to catch large amounts of fish in British waters, even if the British leave the EU.”

He maintained the British fishing fleet does have sufficient boats or can the onshore processing industry handle all the fish caught in UK seas.