THE ROYAL Navy has rushed out one of Britain's first-class patrol ships to defend our fishing waters against EU fisherman today.
In a sign of things to come after we finally quit the EU in 2019, HMS Tyne was issued once more to safeguard our stocks from invaders.
HMS Queen Elizabeth tweeted this morning: "On #FishFriday HMS Tyne is off to patrol waters to safeguard fish stocks".
The photos show ships blasting off to make sure other countries keep their hands off our fish and don't take more stock than they are allowed.
The ship is just one of a number which inspect fishing vessels operating up to 200 miles off the UK's coastline.
Current EU rules allows some foreign ships access to British waters from six to 12 miles off the UK coast, where they can catch up to 10,000 tonnes of fish each year.
As a member of the bloc we are bound by the common fisheries policy (CFP), which divides up how much of each stock could be caught within all European waters and set across the national fleets.
But after we leave, we could be free of the rules and finally allowed to set our own.
A new cabinet split emerged this week as Michael Gove wants us to be free from the EU's fishing laws as soon as we quit the EU.
The Environment Secretary has put pressure on Theresa May to repatriate fishing policy at the end of the Article 50 countdown – and not wait until the implementation period is finished.
But Brussels has warned this could harm prospects of Britain achieving a smooth exit, saying it would “depart from the logic and the letter” of the Prime Minister’s Florence speech last month.
Senior figures have claimed it was a “non-starter from the side of the EU”, and would be opposed by some countries with powerful fishing lobbies like Spain.
If the UK pulled out of the CFP it would regain the ability to control all fishing within 200 miles of the coast.
It could "dramatically increase" the fish available to be caught in British waters, Mr Gove said back in June.
And he is understood to favour a new system which would see the Government grant licences for EU and Norwegian vessels to fish in its waters and be then negotiate the overall quotas.
The Royal Navy have been approached by the Sun Online for comment.