Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Brexit LIVE: Angry fishing chiefs confront Boris with demand for action over Brexit deal

Brexit: ‘Enforcers are clueless of deal’ says expert

Elspeth Macdonald wrote to the Prime Minister saying a majority of Scottish vessels were still tied to the “quay wall” due to the new Brexit regulations. She accused Mr Johnson of misleading the public about the trade deal with the EU and giving the fishing industry “the worst of both worlds” after a compromise was reached with the EU over fisheries.


Ms MacDonald said: “You and your government have spun a line about a 25 per cent uplift in quota for the UK, but you know this is not true, and your deal does not deliver that.

“There is huge disappointment and a great deal of anger about your failure to deliver on promises made repeatedly to this industry.

“We will have another chance to revisit this in 2026, so there is much to do between now and then to prepare the ground for that.

“But for now, the priorities must be your government securing enough fish though the talks currently taking place with the EU and Norway for 2021.”

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Meanwhile, Jimmy Buchan, chief executive of the Scottish Seafood Association claimed the fishing industry was in chaos due to new Brexit rules.

He said: “There has been a lot of direct engagement between the industry and ministers and civil servants in recent days, and plenty of soothing words about resolving ‘teething troubles’.

“But these are not minor impediments to trade. The industry in Scotland has basically ground to a halt and businesses that employ hundreds of people in communities around our coastline are losing money.”

Scottish Environment Secretary Fergus Ewing called for the UK Government to urgently compensate businesses affected by the delays.

But Westminster ministers have said they are working to resolve the problems caused by the new trading regime.

A UK Government spokeswoman said ministers in Edinburgh should not “abdicate their responsibilities to Scottish businesses”.


8am update: Irish PM Micheal Martin warned by Hauliers over Brexit chaos

An Irish freight group has warned of huge post-Brexit disruption to supply chains in coming weeks, as the impact of Britain leaving the EU takes hold.

The Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI) wrote to Ireland’s premier Micheal Martin on Thursday warning him of empty supermarket shelves, job losses and rising prices unless the Government takes action to assist the industry trying to bring goods into the country.

The letter, signed by FTAI general manager Aidan Flynn, also said the industry was struggling to keep the flow of goods moving.

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