Nigel Farage, Leader, UK Independence Party
The larger the bureacracy, the more it wants to draft detailed and insane legislation.
Nigel Farage, Leader, UK Independence Party has issued a call to arms for anglers who are being targeted by Brussels.
This is an issue, similar to referenda on the European Constittion, AKA The Lisbon Treaty, which should transcend Party political lines in each European country. With the European elections due shortly, this is an opportunity for European voters to vote for parties that address these issues to signal opposition to Brussels, not that the Eurocrats will take any notice of news they don’t want to hear, and to signal discontent to national political parties who ignor discontent at their peril.
I am sure you have seen the launch of our Campaign to have Article 47 of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy scrapped on our website today under the banner: ‘Save Our Sport – Scrap Article 47 Now!’
Article 47 requires sport anglers to declare their catch so it can be included in the national fish quota. This is ludicrous. It will:
1. Place further pressure on the already beleaguered commercial fishing industry.
2. Make a criminal of every sea angler who fails to declare their catch. For failing to declare a mackerel caught off Brighton Pier, a child could face a fine from the EU of up to £50,000. That is just not acceptable.
Brussels hopes to ram Article 47 through by April and avoid any debate or opposition.
Why should Brussels bureaucrats ruin a sport loved by millions of people all over Britain and tighten the screw even more on our commercial fishermen?
That is why we have launched our SOS Campaign.
On our website www.ukip.orgwe have a petition for people to add their names plus there is also a poster which can be downloaded from the website which we encourage people to display in their home, local fishing tackle shop…just wherever they can!
It’s time for UKIP to stand up and fight for our fishermen
Nigel Farage MEP
Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP)