Fishy Brexit dilemma: Want out of EU but need the market

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Fishermen make up some of the most enthusiastic Brexiteers, but many in the industry fear a hard Brexit.

  • Kait Bolongaro
  • Politico

FURNACE, Scotland — The Brussels-hating fisherman has become a staple Brexit stereotype, but the U.K.’s fishing industry is in reality profoundly split over Britain’s impending EU departure.

Skipper Lewis MacMillan rows out to his boat the Guess Again in Loch Fyne where he catches prawns | Kait Bolongaro/POLITICO

Skipper Lewis MacMillan rows out to his boat the Guess Again in Loch Fyne where he catches prawns | Kait Bolongaro/POLITICO

Think of an ardent Brexit supporter and you may well conjure up a fisherman dumping dead fish into the Thames or steering a trawler with Nigel Farage at its bow. 

Enthusiastic Leavers shout loudly about the need to “take back control” of British waters and right the…

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