The UK government scored a major Brexit victory today in negotiations with Brussels by winning ‘unlimited’ fishing rights for the next 100 years inside the Channel Tunnel.
In a major concession by Guy Verhofstadt and his team, British fishing vessels will have exclusive rights within the stretch of tunnel from Folkestone in Kent to Coquelles in France, while their French counterparts will be forced to remain in the relatively sparse areas above the surface.
Brexit Secretary Dominic Raaaab said, ‘This is a major sign that our government is committed to getting the best possible Brexit deal – we will not be pulling any punches when it comes to the big negotiating points.’
‘My team has already told me that some of the finest scallops in Europe can be found in this territory, and we hope that this is just the start of a Brexit deal that will drive the United Kingdom towards becoming a global superpower that is free from the shackles of Brussels.’
‘The people voted for us to take back control of our fishing rights after all.’
The ex-leader of UKIP Nigel Farage was said to be ‘delighted’ at the news.
On his LBC radio show, he said, ‘This is fantastic news for our hardworking fishermen.’
‘Throughout my long and fruitful career representing the rights of British fishing businesses in Brussels and Strasbourg, I have always argued that our own government should be playing hardball.’
‘I’d like to see jumped-up Johnny Foreigner in his militant froggy boat ram our boys 100 metres under the Channel!’