Stephen Collins: Common sense must prevail in Brexit fisheries row

If fishing symbolises emotional appeal of Brexit, it also exposes the contradictions

The future of the UK fishing industry depends on a deal even if that reality is taking time to sink in. File photograph: Getty

The future of the UK fishing industry depends on a deal even if that reality is taking time to sink in. File photograph: Getty

It is hard to believe that a dispute over fishing rights could stand in the way of a trade deal between the European Union and United Kingdom, given the miniscule contribution the industry makes to the economy of both sides.

Yet as one Brussels wag put it: “Never underestimate the impact of gross emotional product on international relations.”

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