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.
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