Grimsby's fishing industry could see a post-Brexit revival, claims minister on visit to town

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Jun 2018

Fishing in Grimsby could see a revival after Brexit, according to a minister leading up Britain's exit from the EU.

Suella Braverman MP said the Government aspired to a post-Brexit arrangement "led by our fishermen, that works for our fishermen".

Speaking after opening ABP's new Humber Marine Control Centre on Friday, Ms Braverman said fishing towns like Grimsby would benefit outside of the "harmful" Common Fisheries Policy.

Brexit minister Suella Braverman at the Port of Grimsby

She said: "In this part of the world we have a strong and traditional fishing industry.

"I think fishing stands to gain when we leave the European Union because we will have a chance to leave the Common Fishing Policy which has had a harmful effect on fishing."

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Ms Braverman said that while there was no "off-the shelf template" for Britain's fishing industry outside the EU, Brexit offered an amazing opportunity - and Grimsby stands to gain.

Brexit Minister Suella Braverman opens the centre watched by ABP port director for the Humber Simon Bird, left, and dock master for Grimsby and Immingham Phil Christy

She said: "We will be an independent coastal nation once we leave the EU. We will be in control of our quotas, our regulations, access to our waters.

"I think that represents a great opportunity for Grimsby."

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Ms Braverman unveiled a new £5.2m marine control facility at the Port of Grimsby today with ABP regional director Simon Bird.

ABP invested £5.2 million in its new Humber Marine Control Centre (Image: ABP)

Alongside fishing, Ms Braverman also laid out her vision for the key role ports at Grimsby and Immingham will play as the Government develops Britain's own independent trade policy.

She said: "We are nearly two years on from the referendum, this is about uniting behind the clear objective and the instruction from the majority if the British people to leave the EU.

"It's about uniting behind the opportunity that come from Brexit."

She said the Government wants to achieve "as frictionless as possible" trade with the EU, explore new markets around the world, and increase imports and exports.

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