Boris Johnson ordered to stop ‘soundbites’ and step up to help struggling UK fishermen

Brexit: Fisherman issues warning about ‘excessive’ new rules

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was recently accused of betraying the coastal communities who voted for Brexit in 2016 and helped secure his huge Commons majority in the 2019 general election. Since the implementation of the trade deal on January 1 fisheries have experienced problems exporting to the continent with increased paperwork and red tape due to Brexit blamed for delays in sending fish to the EU. Now Boris Johnson has been asked to cut the soundbites and begin to fix the problems facing UK fishermen.

Asked if the customs issues facing the sector were simply “teething problems”, UK fisherman Charlie Samways told BBC Business: “These definitely aren’t teething problems.

“It is one of my big issues with the sound bites that are being released at the moment.

“These are bigger issues that need faster action.” 

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He continued: “I felt there was always bound to be some sort of paperwork check.

“But this is excessive.

“We are hearing from bigger fleet owners that it’s not going to be long before they consider other options,

“Whether that’s moving their catch to European markets to be sold.”

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The Government agreed to a five year and a half transition period for fishing that would allow continued access to UK waters for European vessels.

Each year Britain’s catch quota would increase, with an increase of 25 percent by 2026.

No firm decision on how big a quota European fisheries will get after the transition has been made, with the power solely in the UK’s hands.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, former MEP and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage described the deal for fisheries as “so awful it’s not true”.

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Mr Farage said: “The fishing deal, it’s so awful it’s not true.

“We still have French, Dutch, Belgium trawlers fishing up to six miles from the Kent shoreline in pretty much an unregulated manner, and there isn’t much we can do about it. That’s unacceptable.

“We still have the factory ships operating in the Channel catching hundreds of thousands a day of herrings, mackerel, all those fish that make up vital parts of the food chain.

He added there was a real “anger amongst the fishing the community” as many felt they had been abandoned by the Government in order to secure a trade deal.

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