I am pleased to read that we are to get a squadron of armed navy patrol boats to prevent European boats fishing illegally in UK waters.
It is right that we should take back control of our waters as soon as we leave the EU and without any delay. These four boats, being paid for by DEFRA, should help ensure a thriving future for our fishermen and we must stand up to the inevitable challenges by foreign operators.
We have tragically lost so much of our fishing fleet over the years because of the Common Fisheries Policy but with time I hope it can be re-built, at least to some extent.
Meanwhile though I do hope that these proposed vessels are really shipshape, unlike the £3.1 bn HMS Queen Elizabeth which has embarrassingly sprung a leak.
We have a proud naval tradition – sadly eroded by successive governments – and we need to be able to protect our country as well as our fishing fleets and let the world know we are not to be messed with.