Will Brussels get rid of UK coastguard service?

Proposals by the European Commission to replace Britain’s beleaguered coastguard service with a pan-European fleet have been slammed by MPs.

The news comes just days after the UK’s Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced a partial U-turn on cutting the number of currently operating Coastguard centres from 19 to eight, with just three remaining open 24 hours a day.

After an outcry over the safety risks, he told the Commons last week that 11 centres will remain, all of which will be operational 24 hours a day.

UKIP leader and South East England MEP Nigel Farage said: 'We've already had our fishing rights taken away from us. Wanting us to relinquish control of our own marine borders simply must be taken off the agenda at the earliest possible opportunity.