Fish in the foreground for Brexit Party man’s election battle
PUBLISHED: 16:19 29 November 2019 | UPDATED: 16:28 29 November 2019
Getting complete control over UK fisheries is front-and-centre for Brexit Party candidate Harry Gwynne, who has been out campaigning in Cromer.
Mr Gwynne, 32, hopes to win the seat of North Norfolk, buoyed by support from coastal fishing communities he said have been devastated by the EU.
He said: "One of the most worrying aspects of Boris [Johnson's] withdrawal agreement and political declaration is that it lays out how fish stocks must be managed in a non-discriminatory manner. That's a way of saying they'll still be able to use our fishing grounds, which is not acceptable. That's not the Brexit we voted for."
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Mr Gwynne said the Common Fisheries Policy was one of the "worst aspects" of EU membership. He said: "Someone told me how her husband used to cry bringing home the fish because he'd had to drop so many fish back in the sea. That kind of stuff can't go on. People in coastal towns like this one have really felt the brunt of that."
Mr Gwynne was joined by June Mummery, from Lowestoft, a Brexit Party East of England MEP, and Paul Lines, 61, a shellfish fisherman from Hemsby.
Ms Mummery said the reception they had got in Cromer had been "wonderful". She said: "Lots of people are extremely worried that Boris isn't going to deliver the Brexit they voted for. If the Brexit Party can get some candidates into Westminster we can keep an eye on things, and that's very important."
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Mr Lines, who fishes out of Great Yarmouth, said: "The most important thing that's going to happen with Harry standing here is that it's going to help the Conservatives and take votes away from the Lib Dems.
"The worst thing we can have is any strength in the Lib Dems.
"They want to stay, but leave we must. Boris Johnson must be true to his word and has to support the coastal state. He's got to give us 200 miles and the fish that live within it so we can rebuild these coastal industries.
"I used to come regularly down here to catch cod and skate, our quotas are so poor now it's worthless doing that - we've all been pushed into shell fishing."
The other candidates standing for the seat are Emma Cortlett (Lab), Duncan Baker (Con) and Karen Ward (Lib Dem).
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