Farage took part in the Whitstable protest on Sunday, which saw Vote Leave fishermen reducing a vessel to ashes in an act of defiance over the Brexit transition deal that the UK is in the process of agreeing. During negotiations with Brussels, May conceded to the EU over maintaining access to British territorial waters during the 21-month transition period. That crushed fishing industry hopes of retaking complete control by March 29, 2019.
The protest, which was organized by Fishing for Leave, was part of a day of demonstrations in Plymouth, Hastings, Portsmouth, Milford Haven and Newcastle. Fishing for Leave said the vote to leave the EU had provided a “golden opportunity” to “rejuvenate our coastal communities and industry,” the BBC reports.
Some fishermen were “sickened and enraged” that the government had “capitulated.” The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it recognized the disappointment but a transition deal was “safeguarding fishing communities.”
British fishing industry in flames. Theresa May has betrayed our fishermen. Brexit must mean Brexit. pic.twitter.com/5r5VdFkNux
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) April 8, 2018
Just two weeks ago, the ex-UKIP leader joined a crew of Brexiteers hurling crates of fish into the Thames to protest against the renewed EU access to territorial waters. A total of 13 MPs sent a letter to May threatening to withdraw their support for the transition deal if she fails to take into account their demands.