'Our freedom is in PERIL' British fishermen's BRUTAL response to EU's fishing

The European Union is demanding its boats must be free to fish in UK waters in return for an agreement to ’s UK-wide customs deal.

The Prime Minister’s plan would keep the whole of the UK in the EU’s customs union to avoid a hard border, should the two sides be unable to secure a trade deal the end of the transition period.

Brussels wants European Union fleets to be able to access British waters for as long as the UK remains in the customs union.

British fishermen have ripped into Theresa May for selling out the industry, and have warned “our freedom is in peril”.

Fishing for Leave spokesman Alan Hastings said: “The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, quotas and mass discarding has been an environmental disaster as well as an economic and social one.

“She is away to sell-out British fishing and coastal communities out again. It is disgraceful, disgusting…It looks like the time to go up the Thames again.”

Mr Hastings added: “As Fishing For Leave warned a transition means re-obeying all EU law with disastrous consequences.

“We warned that Chequers and a ‘common rule book on agri-goods’ was the same dodgy wording as the Treaty of Rome which founded the Common Fisheries Policy and would be used to demand fisheries.

“Norway, Iceland, Faroe & Greenland export vast amounts of seafood to the EU. Does the EU demand and do they cave to surrendering their natural resource for market access? No.

“No other nation on earth gives up fisheries access and resources for markets…looks like the Conservatives are about to make Britain the first.”

Mr Hastings claimed the British Government had been “weak” before demanding MP’s “vote this disgrace of a deal down”.

He said: “To the public, our country men we say – our country and our freedom is in peril – Defend it with all your might!”

Speaking just last month the Prime Minister vowed the UK would take back control of British waters after Brexit.

Mrs May said: “Once the EU rules no longer apply to the UK, we will be an independent coastal state.

“We will be making our own decisions, controlling access to our own waters, and we will be seeking to gain a fairer share of quotas.”

The Prime Minister has struggled to finalise a Brexit deal with the Irish border remaining the major sticking point in negotiations.

The UK is reportedly considering to agree to a ‘backstop’ which would effectively keep the whole of the UK in the EU’s customs union, should future negotiations on a trading relationship break down.

The British Government is pushing for the right to withdraw from this backstop, to stop it becoming a permanent relationship.

According to The Daily Telegraph, senior EU diplomats have said that any plan to grant the UK a temporary customs union to solve the Irish border issue must come with a guarantee that EU boats will be free to fish in UK waters.

Responding to the reports, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage tweeted: “Fishing is the acid test of Brexit, we must take back our waters from Brussels.”