Brexit: Redwood warns of 'EU tentacles' without UK control
John Redwood said the UK will finally re-acquire control over legislation and the prosperity of the British people now a Brexit trade agreement has been found with the European Union. The eurosceptic MP however admitted to feeling concerned about at least two aspects of the agreement Boris Johnson struck with Brussels on Christmas Eve. Speaking to colleagues in the Commons on Wednesday, he said: “We stand on the threshold of independence day so bring on the measures.
“I do have a couple of worries about this agreement. The first is over fishing.
‘One of the great crises of Brexit is to recapture control of our fishing stocks to rebuild our coastal communities and our fishing industry.
“Will the Government today promise to legislate immediately to prevent pulse fishing and large trawlers from doing enormous damage to our marine environment and to our fish stocks?
“We could at least do that as proof that we intend to rebuild our marine environment and our own domestic fishing industry.
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“And will they set out details of plans to train new fishermen and fisherwomen ready for the extra capacity we will need?”
Mr Redwood also voiced his concerns that the SNP may exploit the Northern Ireland protocol agreed with the bloc to push for Scottish independence in the coming years.
He continued: “I also worry about the position in Northern Ireland. To what extent is our sovereignty damaged or impaired by the special relationships and the special provisions of the Withdrawal Act?
“I thought they were going to be changed in this latest agreement with the EU. Will the Government spell out more detail of what limitations there are to our power to be one United Kingdom.
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“We need to know because we’ve already heard in this debate from Northern Ireland that it’s becoming a matter of division within the Northern Ireland communities.
The Conservative MP added: “It also has widened across Scotland.
“We know we have a battle to fight for the union in Scotland. The SNP will clearly use the different arrangement in Northern Ireland as part of their battering ram against the union.
“So I need some reassurance about the impact pf the powers under this agreement and how we can start to settle those difficult issues.”
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