The Conservative MP for Great Grimsby told Express.co.uk that the UK has never fully recovered from losing its biggest industry during the Cod Wars. Ms Nici added that the fishing industry is an important part of British heritage as well as an economic resource.
Ms Nici said: “The argument about how small fishing is to GDP was an argument in the 1970s with the Cold Wars and we allowed ourselves, the Labour Government at the time, to just walk away.
“It is ok from a national point of view to say it is only 0.6 percent but the devastation that it causes to local communities and the effects it had on places like Grimsby, Hull and Fleetwood.
“So many of our fishing fleets were totally decimated by the Cod Wars and then joining the common fisheries policy
“It would be a very interesting exercise to do a calculation over the past 40 to 45 years of the loss of GDP to those towns and cities like Grimsby.
Lia Nici has been the MP for Great Grimsby since 2019
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“We have never fully recovered from losing our biggest industry.
“It is not only an important part of our fishing industry but our heritage as well.”
During the same interview, the Conservative MP stated that the European Union’s fishing industry will be devastated if Britain decides to pursue a no deal Brexit and “take everything back overnight”.
Lia Nici outlined that it would be counterproductive for the UK to try to negotiate a positive deal with the trading bloc by intimidating them.
However, the Great Grimsby MP stressed the devastating consequences the European Union’s fishing industry will face if a post-Brexit trade deal cannot be agreed upon.
Ms Nici said: “I don’t think it is going to be helpful if we are trying to negotiate for a positive deal to scare the EU.
“Obviously, we are now a sovereign state, the reality is if we want to and we walk away from any deal we could take all of our fishing around our waters and our quotas and start from scratch.
“That would be devastating for the European fishing fleet.
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“Obviously, we want to make sure we get back more of our quota and we want it to be fair.”
She continued: “Obviously, if we go away with no deal then what that could mean is that we take everything back overnight and that would devastate the European fishing industry.
“We want to be sensible, we want to work with the EU.
“That is why the EU negotiators need to make sure the goodwill continues and get on with the job.”