Andy Giles, a fisherman from the village of Looe in Cornwall on the southwestern tip of England, is desperate to leave the European Union. “We’ve got to get our waters back,” he said.
Mr. Giles catches lemon sole, cuttlefish, monkfish, cod, haddock and squid 30 miles off the coast in the choppy Atlantic waters off of Britain.
He said he has to sail so far out to sea each day – he starts at 3 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. – because of E.U. fishing quotas.
Europe’s common fisheries policy, or CFP, allocates how much fish, and what kind, each country can catch, to protect fish stocks.
“If we were French, it would be okay, but we have to sail two and a half hours each day to avoid catching haddock,” he told Handelsblatt Global Edition, speaking from aboard a boat on the Thames River last week at a demonstration for Brexit organized by the Fishing for Leave campaign.
Mr. Giles hopes that if Britain leaves the European Union, he’ll be able to fish for what he wants, where he wants, when he wants.