• The EU Commission is pushing for a trade and fisheries deal with Morocco that "would exploit the natural resources and ignore the rights of the people of Western Sahara", UKIP MEP William Dartmouth has said.
Speaking after a debate at the Fisheries Committee today, he added: "The EU wants to trash the fishing grounds of the Western Sahara just as they have trashed those of the South West. This is completely unacceptable."
A member of the international trade committee, MEP Dartmouth called for a rejection of the trade deal.
"This trade deal is so bad that the legal service of the European Parliament has described it as 'a violation of the permanent sovereignty of the people of Western Sahara over their natural resources' as well as being contrary to International Law," Dartmouth adde
"It is disgusting that the EU is trashing the fishing grounds of Western Sahara. I am shocked that the UK Government would consent to this formal EU fisheries agreement. This is all very grubby indeed."
• "Proposal for a COUNCIL DECISION on the conclusion of a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial compensation provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco (PDF)
• "DRAFT OPINION of the Committee on Fisheries for the Committee on International Trade on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of an Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco concerning reciprocal liberalisation measures on agricultural products, processed agricultural products, fish and fishery products, the
replacement of Protocols 1, 2 and 3 and their Annexes and amendments to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Kingdom of Morocco, of the other part (15975/2010 – C7-0432/2010 – 2010/0248(NLE)) (PDF)
• EU/Morocco Agreement: reciprocal liberalisation measures on agricultural products, processed agricultural products, fish and fishery products (NLE/2010/0248).
• EC/Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement: fishing opportunities and financial compensation from 28 February 2011 to 27 February 2012. Protocol (NLE/2011/0139)