Britain's fishermen to scupper EU's 50th anniversary celebration –

Britain’s fishermen to scupper EU’s 50th anniversary celebration Published:  01 May, 2007

Jeffrey Titford

BRITAIN’S fishermen are in a rebellious mood and have moved in early to take the shine off the EU’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, by organising a major floating protest on the Thames at mid-day on Friday May 4.

The protest, arranged with the help of the Campaign for an Independent Britain and the support of the RMT union and the UK Independence Party, will feature a flotilla of more than 30 fishing vessels sailing up the Thames to Westminster, arriving near the Houses of Parliament at around 1.30pm. The trawlers taking part will be decorated with anti-EU banners. VIPs boarding the vessels at St Katharine’s Pier will include RMT General Secretary Bob Crow and Jeffrey Titford MEP. Representation from Westminster, is also expected. The public has also been asked to turn out and line the banks of the Thames near Westminster, to show their support.

Daryl Godbold, the protest’s main organiser and whose boat will lead the flotilla said: “As far as the nation’s fishermen are concerned, there is nothing at all worth celebrating about the EU’s 50th anniversary. For us, British membership of the EU, which effectively meant that Brussels took over control of our fishing waters, has been a disaster. Since the EU takeover, our industry has been all but wiped out with fish stocks pushed close to extinction through over-fishing by foreign factory ships, given unfettered access to our waters.”

Lord Stoddart of Swindon, Chairman of the Campaign for an Independent Britain, added: “I hope the public will turn out and give our beleagured fishermen their full support. It is quite obscene for vast amounts of public money to be spent upon lavish festivities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of an organisation that is bleeding this country dry, financially, while drowning us in red tape and destroying important industries such as fishing. Frankly, they should be holding a wake, not a celebration!” is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.