To those leading lights of the UK maritime industry celebrating their New Year’s Honour, who claim to have helped transform the fortunes of our coastal towns and cities, and promise coastal communities 25,000 jobs, the long shadow of deprivation hanging over our coastal regions just got a whole lot darker!
As the UK Government once again sells out the UK fishing industry and its coastal communities, many representatives of the UK catch sector have issued statements expressing that the agreement fell short of the commitments and promises that were made to the fishing industry by those at the highest level of government.
Many believe the UK is now a coastal state with one hand tied behind its back.
The Cornish believe they have been used and abused; used as a poster boy and illustration of what the UK could gain through Brexit and taking back control. Abused by being sold out in the final analyses for others. They believe the £100m support package spoken about by UK government is nothing more than an insult and a pathetic attempt to cover up a betrayal of UK fishermen.
This is not the deal fishermen were promised. It is important MPs and the public understand this and are not misled by Government spin to the contrary.
And to the Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime and the Director of Maritime UK who promised in 2019 that the roll-out of a Maritime UK maritime cluster programme would create 25,000 jobs over a five-year period in our coastal towns and cities, where are the jobs that you have promised these communities and your funders, the regional local enterprise partnerships?