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A fishing boat displays a pro-Brexit banner, near Newcastle, United Kingdom. A fishing boat displays a pro-Brexit banner, near Newcastle, United Kingdom, April 8, 2018 (Photo by Owen Humphreys for Press Association via AP Images).

Can Brexiteers Really ‘Take Back Control’ of British Fisheries?

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Many people in the United Kingdom’s coastal fishing communities supported the “Leave” campaign during the 2016 Brexit referendum, since they consider European Union rules that allow other member states’ fishing boats to trawl British waters to be unfair. Now, British politicians committed to Brexit will have to make good on their promises to “take back control” of the U.K.’s rich fisheries. But that will prove difficult and may not even be in the best interest of British fishing communities, says Ben Drakeford, a senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth in the U.K. who specializes in fisheries economics. In an interview with WPR, he explains why.

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