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Scottish fishermen prepare to vote 'leave'

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Scottish fishermen prepare to vote 'leave'

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>> Once a bustling harbour, Eyemouth may look tranquil, but its fishermen are anything but calm. The majority of Scotland's fishermen are expected to vote leave on Thursday, blaming the EU for the end of their industry. I'm Reuters reporter Stuart McDill on Bonaventure, a 230-ton whitefish trawler. She's about to leave the harbor for the very last time, sold by an owner who says European rules and regulations have driven him out of business.
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Skipper Brant Blakey has owned the ship since 1994. He says quotas and a cap on the number of days at sea cut his turnover from more than a million to 400,000 pounds a year.>> It's just laws and regulations, what's everybody's just tired and sick, fed up and just it's not worth the fight.
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We're all getting older but don't have the fight and the willpower to go on anymore.>> Other leave voters say that EU is not the only problem. Former fisherman, Billy Ice, trawled from Eyemouth from 1974. He says France and Spain don't enforce the rules as stringently as the UK does.
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>> The attitude of the British, or the Scottish as well, I mean, we're being penalized too much. I think that's where the fishermen are wanting to come in and say, look, we've had enough, and I don't blame them for that. As Bonaventure leaves Eyemouth, many here would be hoping that UK makes its own departure along with it this coming Thursday.