Post by Pamela
"Brexit: Email slip-up reveals no-deal fishing patrol 'uncertainty'"
There is "a lot of uncertainty" about the UK's capacity to patrol
fishing waters after a no-deal Brexit, a memo from a government
department mistakenly emailed to the BBC says.
The note says there are just 12 ships "to monitor a space three times
the size of the surface area of the UK".
Do people really think that isn't enough?
OK so that isn't going to give 100% coverage, but such enforcement doesn't
work that way
No-one expects there to be a traffic warden on every street corner so that
they can pounce on every errant parker and ticket them immediately
They expect the deterrent effect of "a traffic warden might come along in
the next 2 hours" to be sufficient.
And there's also the possibility of using remote enforcement by studying the
boat's AIS signals. Or do people think that the boats are going to turn
that off to evade detection but risk an even bigger penalty if they are
caught? (Quite apart from the increased risk to life, not necessarily
theirs, that will accrue from turning it off.)
And catching them doing this will be easy, a helicopter or remote drone
could do it over quite a wide area in a few hours.
HMG seem to need some specialist help here
My rates are quite reasonable :-)