Ben@Forest wrote: Psamathe wrote:
A pro EU German MP recently wrote that that the EU should not expect the same or similar fishing rights, and he accused the French of acting petulantly. Why is Britain somehow wrong and should surrender any national interest to a country which is famous for being thoroughly independent and bloody-minded when it wants to be?
France might be the most vocal but there are other EU members who have concerns; just Germany isn't one.
For balance the same report had an executive from one of Germany's largest sea fishing companies. His opinion was of course more in line with French fishermen.
I suppose the difference is French politicians (or at least the ones we hear of) are backing their fishermen or would be damned, whereas a considerable body of thought in Germany recognises the status quo is not an option.
Also I have no idea when next German elections are due, I'd suspect that the German fishing industry is not as "powerful" as the French and probably not as impacted by UK refusing an agreed transition. Maybe also "local waters". So big mega-corp fishing boats might be impacted but can travel further and probably employ cheap offshore labour (who maybe don't get to vote in French elections anyway).
Guessing a bit but probably the more local fleets who hold a lot of power and are most impacted. And some are already somewhat "hacked-off" with British fisherpersons (remember the recent'ish scallop issues where French conservation measures prevented French boats fishing for scallops so British boats went into French waters to catch all their scallops ...)