Shetland Fishermen’s Association Executive Simon Collins demanded the EU ask “nicely” for access to Britain’s waters after Brexit – insisting the bloc will not gain access by simply demanding it.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Mr Collins said: “I think as far as fishing is concerned I think it displayed an arrogance which, even from the EU’s view is unwise.
“I think when you insist on something patently absurd that once a country leaves the EU you continue to decide how it deals with its own resources. That’s a very silly place to start, to be honest.
“It’s not for me to advise the EU, far from it, but to start from that position is very very silly.
“I think there should be some recognition that international law decides what happens and that the UK will be in control.
“And if it needs to catch more fish in our waters they should come and ask for it nicely. They are not going to get it by demanding it.”
In March the EU put forward a draft proposal for its future trading partnership with Britain, demanding to have reciprocal access to UK waters after Brexit.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk said: “I propose we aim for a trade agreement covering all sectors and with zero tariffs on goods.
“Like other FTAs, it should address services and on fisheries, reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources should be maintained.
“This positive approach doesn’t change the simple fact that because of Brexit we will be drifting apart.”
Britain then gave in to EU demands and agreed that British waters will only become an “independent coastal state” after December 2020.
British fishermen believe UK waters are overfished by other EU countries and the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) means they are also restricted as to how much they can fish.
The strict EU regulations mean that some British fishermen are forced to throw fish back into the sea.
In response to the Brexit transition deal, Brexiteer Nigel Farage embarked on a fishing vessel along the Thames in March in protest against the “potential death sentence” transition deal.
Fishing for Leave founder Aaron Brown also warned the deal on fishing during the transition is not acceptable and UK fishermen are “going to be sold out” in Brexit talks.
Fishing for Leave spokesman Alan Hastings also condemned the “capitulation” of the British Government, suggesting continued membership of the CFP would further damage the fishing industry because of the use of “highly controversial” EU policies such as electric pulse fishing.