The EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is causing much damage to poor nations, argues Ray Finch MEP in a new booklet, The Evil Empire. How the Common Fisheries Policy is recolonising the Third World, which can be downloaded here. In it, the UKIP Fisheries Spokesman compares the fishing agreements between the EU and developing countries with the slavery deals made in the period of the Atlantic slave trade.
Ray Finch, who represents the South East region, said: "These EU fishing agreements are immoral. They have always been a neo-colonialist tool, serving the economic interests of certain segments of the EU fishing industry and ensuring the, political, survival of the CFP. The EU is using taxpayers' money to subsidise big and powerful vessels, mostly Spanish but also others, to expand into the fishing grounds of some of the world's poorest countries, mostly in Africa, undermining the people and communities who rely on fish for work and food. Local rulers and decision-makers have abused these agreements for personal, political or financial ends. This is a devil's pact."
Just as Britain was one of the most ardent supporters of the abolition of slavery, our country should again take the lead and press the international community to act against the destructive actions by EU-vessels, Chinese, Korean and other fleets that cause instability, piracy, poverty, desertification and disruption to coastal communities.