Mike Hookem, the eurosceptic party’s fisheries spokesman, berated his European Parliament colleagues in a passionate address about the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy.
In 1970, the UK’s sovereign waters were signed over to European control by former prime minister Edward Heath.
The UK’s fishing waters were made a key battleground during the Brexit referendum campaign, producing arguably the most eye-catching moment when Nigel Farage led a flotilla of British fisherman down the Thames.
Discussing the return of Britain’s water, Mr Hookem launched into a passionate tirade aimed at his European counterparts.
Mike Hookem claimed Brexit is the UK's best chance to reclaim its fishing waters
We must withdraw from the Common Fisheries Policy and everything connected with it
He said: “In the booklet ’Stolen Seas’ we set out how the Common Fisheries Policy is a cynical long-term resource grab at the expense of the United Kingdom.
“That is why I call them ’Stolen Seas’. Brexit represents a unique opportunity to re-write history and overturn 40 years of injustice and right a grievous wrong.
“We in the UK can only do this by reclaiming our sovereignty in full, right up to the maximum extent of our internationally approved economic exclusion zone.
“We must withdraw from the Common Fisheries Policy and everything connected with it – and take back control of what is rightfully ours.”
Despite the Ukip spokesman’s strong words, some fear control of the UK’s waters may be used as a bargaining chip to strike a trade deal with Brussels.
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Aaron Brown, from the campaign group Fishing for Leave, now wants Theresa May to use Brexit as a chance to spur a revival of the country’s floundering fishing industry.
He said: “Article 50 gives us a clean slate to leave, the EU has agreed that, but if we readopt all the legislation then we’ve effectively re-agreed to it and nailed our feet to the floor.
“Fishing needs to be exempt from the Great Repeal Bill, otherwise we’ll still be in the CFP.”
The Union’s CFP sets the quantities and kinds of fish British fisherman are allowed to catch in UK waters.
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Mr Brown argued British seas should not be up for negotiations unless a fair deal is struck.
He added: “To begin with, only UK vessels should have access, there after, we can do the same as what Norway, Iceland and Faroe do and negotiate on an equal exchange on a barter basis with the EU.
“The Government’s got to scrap quotas – quotas cause discards, we need to move to days at sea meaning vessels can catch more but land less.
“We’d be able to retain all the fish we catch, instead of having to discard under quotas where you have to steam all over the sea catching more and more fish just to find what you’re allowed to keep.”