France has been fervently opposed to any changes to the current fishing policies in a post-Brexit trade with the UK. The hardline stance has caused havoc in negotiations, and the latest claims by the French have infuriated Express.co.uk readers.
Nathalie Loiseau, a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron, has claimed the CFP has “so far been a success”.
When questioned by Sky News’ Sophy Ridge whether it was right for British fishermen to have access to more fish, the French MEP responded: “Why should we ruin something that works?”
The exchange provoked a furious response from Express.co.uk readers, who took to the comment section to state the CFP has not been beneficial for British trawlers.
One person said: “‘Thanks’ to the common fisheries policy, we have lost almost half our fishing fleet over the past 30 years and become a net importer of fish netted in our waters!
“It is time to take back that which is rightfully ours!”
A second reader wrote: “The Common Fisheries Policy has been a huge success for the French, and other EU countries.
“It allowed them to gain control of the UK’s natural resource our fisheries.
“That is a mistake we made that is being rectified.
Readers continued to mock Ms Loiseau’s claim the CFP has been beneficial for all states.
One person said: “The CFP decimated British fishing when it was introduced.
“We don’t give a damn now about how EU fishermen will suffer as a result of the UK leaving the EU.
“No one in the EU gave a damn when British fishermen had to sell or moor their boats while their business were closing down in droves.
“If the CFP works for the EU then let it…………just stay out of UK waters that are no longer part of the EU CFP rip off.”
A second reader wrote: “The French would say the CFP has been a success wouldn’t they, after all it is done in such a way that they get the lions share of fish caught and the UK get scraps.”
Fishing remains of the biggest hurdles to a deal between Britain and the EU, though the two sides are believed to be nearing an agreement.
Whitehall officials are confident a deal can be secured by November 30th so draft legislation can be passed.