George Eustice has been re-appointed as Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
There were no other ministerial appointments or movement involving Cornish MPs in the cabinet reshuffle.
George said “I am really pleased to be re-appointed as Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. I look forward to continuing to work with these industries at what is an incredibly exciting time”.
Eustice is seen as a success in his most by his colleagues and is known to be personally keen to see through the job of guiding farming and fishing past the turmoil of Brexit.
The Camborne MP is from a farming family who run Trevaskis Farm, near Connor Downs.
Before the Brexit referendum, Eustice, a keen Brexiteer, promised that the UK fleet would be able to catch and land substantially more of the fish in UK waters than at present. UK interests could not be bargained with in order to “give advantages to other EU countries” he promised.
Eustice recently attended his fifth December quota negotiations in Brussels but this year was called back to parliament mid-talks to vote with the government on Brexit legislation.
Paul Trebilcock of Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO) told us recently “I’ve recognised that George Eustice genuinely wants to stay as Fisheries Minister and see the job through. And I actually think he genuinely wants and believes he can get a good deal for the fishing industry on the other side of this. Now whether he can deliver that is slightly different. We’re a long way from the final deal but if you asked me today can we get a better deal? I’m optimistic”
Eustice confirms UK fisheries bill will be introduced before the summer but our fishermen may have to endure a post Brexit transition period before getting exclusive control of UK waters.