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    Brexit latest: Furious Irish fishermen turn on EU allies – ‘France got what THEY wanted!’ | Politics | News

    Brexit: Fishermen criticise Boris Johnson’s ‘unfair’ deal

    The Brexit deal will see the European Union handing back 25 percent of its share of the catch in UK waters over a transition period last five-and-a-half years, after which both sides will hold annual negotiations on some 100 shared stocks from 2026. But Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO), the largest fishermen’s representative body in Ireland, warned the deal between the UK and EU demonstrated the “duplicitous nature of the protracted negotiations” and that the “repeated guarantees” made to Irish fishermen had effectively been broken. He warned the agreements spanning four-and-a-half years since the Brexit referendum had been “dishonoured by the negotiators”

    Scallop skippers Seamus Molloy and Will Bates from Kilmore Qua and fish 12 miles off the French coast, warned Ireland must start “taking back”, given that it will represent some 12 per cent of EU waters – but with “30 per cent of fishable waters”.

    Mr Molloy told Irish maritime website Afloat.ie: “The French – we all know they are militant enough and seem to get what they want all the time – they have kept open from the six-mile to the 12-mile limit, but I don’t know why it is not open to us.

    “I imagine when England said they were claiming back some of their sovereignty, when they got to the 12-mile limit, they would have been happy enough to leave quotas everywhere else.

    “We have seen Macron intervene with Barnier and whatever happened between the two of them, this wasn’t on the table.

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    Brexit latest: Irish fishermen are furious at their EU allies (Image: GETTY)

    “The Irish seem to have been sacrificed across the board – we seem to have lost a large part of our mackerel quota and prawn quota.”

    Mr Molloy added: “We’re waiting for confirmation but when you read it, I think we’re in trouble.

    “Down to the numbers alone with France, we have given up a massive amount of our mackerel quota and prawn quota.

    “When you look at the English Channel, the whole sector is sectioned off and when you divide up the English Channel in half, some of these sectors cross between the French sector and the English sector so if they turn around and stick a limit on us, they will actually do the same for French waters as well.

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    Brexit latest: Emmanuel Macron was a vocal critric on the UK’s stance on fishing during trade talks (Image: GETTY)

    “This would be double hit for us.

    “We have had unfettered access to English waters day one. We have our own system here where we are limited but because our fleet is so small, we have enough access.

    “This is something we have always had and I don’t see why we should lose it now.”

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    2.15am update: UK automotive industry head hits out at Brexit agreement amid cost concerns – ‘not a free deal’

    The UK’s car industry body has criticised the Government’s Brexit deal, claiming costs for the automotive sector are due to increase anyway.

    Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said “this is not a free deal,” according to Reuters.

    Although the Brexit deal agreed last month avoided tariffs between the UK and bloc, the SMMT said there would still be fees associated with approving vehicles separately in Britain and the EU, among other paperwork.

    At the same time, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association hailed the Government’s Brexit deal, announced on Christmas Eve last year, as “a great relief”.

    12.30am update: Boris cancels trip to India amid Covid-19 crisis in move that may hinder post-Brexit trade deal plans

    Boris Johnson has cancelled a trip to India in what analysts say could hinder plans for an early post-Brexit trade deal with one of the world’s biggest economies.

    The Prime Minister was due to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this month to “strengthen a key strategic relationship” and “kick of a significant year for Global Britain,” Downing Street said in December.

    However, the trip is no longer going ahead due to England’s third Covid-19 lockdown being imposed. The Prime Minister’s office said the cancellation was made so that Mr Johnson can “focus on the domestic response to the virus”.

    According to I News, India is set to manufacture a billion doses of the UK’s Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

    Edward Browne takes over live reporting from Rachel Russell

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    Boris Johnson has cancelled a trip to meet with Indian PM Narendra Modi amid the Covid-19 crisis (Image: Jeff J Mitchell / Pool / Getty)

    9.40pm update: Not YOU again! EU dealt blow as victorious Brexit trade negotiator returns to Brussels

    Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby – an influential member of the team that clinched the UK-EU future relationship pact – is set to be unveiled in the role later this week.

    The British diplomat was one of Lord Frost’s deputy chief negotiators, overseeing talks on the overarching structure of the final trade agreement.

    Mr Croisdale-Appleby spent almost four years working as the Foreign Office’s Director-General in charge of the UK’s divorce from the EU.

    His expected promotion comes after Sir Tim Barrow, the UK’s former ambassador to the EU, returned to London to become a political director at the newly merged Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

    British sources say Mr Croisdale-Appleby was first touted for the role in the summer but a final decision wasn’t made until after wrangling over the UK-EU trade and security deal was wrapped up on Christmas Eve.

    An official announcement is expected to be made by the “end of the week”, according to sources.

    8.06pm update: “Teething problems” with Brexit as well as the continuing pandemic have posed issues for Britons trying to enter EU countries

    Travellers heading for Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden have been held up at borders following the UK’s departure from the single market.

    Peter North said he was denied access to a Ryanair flight to Sweden just before boarding at London Stansted airport because airline staff said they could not accept as proof a negative coronavirus test from the NHS.

    Mr North, 60, who was trying to chaperone his eight-year-old granddaughter Eija on her way to Sweden, where her mother lives, was told he needed to book a private test.

    He now faces spending more than £150, five times the price of the plane tickets which were around £30 each, for a private test before he and Eija can take a new flight together.

    “I was very upset about it, my grand-daughter was just looking forward to going back and seeing her mum and her friends,” Mr North, from Hornchurch, Essex, told the PA news agency.

    “When I asked the Ryanair staff why this happened, they had no real answers … I’ve been back and searched the internet for it and could not find anything about NHS tests not being allowed on their website.

    “Their attitude was terrible, both at the gate and then when I went to customer service. It’s absolutely disgusting to treat people like that.”

    Ryanair have been contacted for comment.

    7.36pm update: Macron ally brags Brexit makes the UK ‘weaker’ – but issues EU trade warning 

    Brussels has been issued a Brexit warning by a French minister as the two come to grips with the changes to trade this month.

    Trade between Calais and Dover went into full swing this week after New Year and the transition period ended – but concern over trade still remains in Brussels.

    Despite agreeing it was a landmark Brexit deal, the French minister expressed his concern over the loss of trade with the UK.

    He also took a jab at Brexit Britain as the minister claimed the UK will now be “weaker” in “negotiating good trade deals in the future”.

    Speaking this week, Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, Franck Riester, claimed the EU must continue its trade with the UK despite the disruption suffered in Calais.

    The minister also expressed his fear the UK could become a sizeable competitor in world trade. 

     

    Macron claims Brexit is ‘child’ of ‘lies and false promises’

    6.13pm update: Play by OUR rules! Macron ally issues Brexit threat: ‘No British access to EU market’

    Clement Beaune was responding to claims the UK had achieved a “total victory” against the EU in the last-ditch talks which led to the historic Christmas Eve agreement.

    The French minister for European Affairs dismissed suggestions Boris Johnson had walked away from the negotiating table with a clean sweep of wins and claimed British fishermen were furious with the agreement he signed.

    Mr Beaune also insisted Brexiteers had not been handed back the “total sovereignty” they had been promised.

    He tweeted: “No British access to the EU market without respecting our rules, massive criticism of British fishermen against this agreement.

    “That is far from the promised total sovereignty. That should make you think.”

    5.19pm update: That’s why we left EU! UK set for trade explosion as Australia eyes up mega-deal

    Boris Johnson has been tipped to seal a bumper post-Brexit trade deal with Australia this year in a move which would have huge benefits for both parties.

    And George Brandis QC, the Australian High Commissioner to the UK, suggested an agreement would leave both nations well-placed to weather the economic storm triggered by COVID-19.

    The UK is focusing on tying up trade deals with a host of non-EU nations with Brexit now a reality.

    Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Brandis said: “Both our nations knew that, left unchecked, the economic damage of COVID-19 could outlast the virus itself.”

    4.28pm update: United Kingdom CRUMBLING: ‘Even Wales’ now set to quit Union in wake of Brexit

    Wales could break away from the UK, destroying the Union in the process, in the wake of Brexit, a former Bank of England economist has claimed.

    Meanwhile a Welsh consultant has suggested soaring levels of support meant Welsh independence could happen sooner rather than later.

    Danny Blanchflower previously worked for the Bank of England, is now a tenured professor at US Ivy League university, Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, and also has an MSc in economics from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

    He suggested the UK’s decision to quit the bloc posed a grave risk to the ties which bind England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland together.

    Brexit deal has ‘smashed people’s dreams’ says fishing boss

    4.02pm update: Letter claims Chancellor BLOCKED larger vaccine order to hand power to EU

    A leaked letter has shown Mrs Merkel personally intervened in the vaccine debate, by stopping German, French, Italian and Dutch health ministers from ordering more stocks of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last summer.

    The EU now faces a shortage in the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, with European leaders under pressure to speed up the mass vaccination programme.

    German newspaper Bild published a leaked letter from the four European health ministers to Ursula von der Leyen where they agreed to hand over control of vaccine orders to the European Commission.

    In doing so, they stopped attempting to order more stocks of vaccine, despite having already secured 400million doses of Oxford University’ Astra-Zeneca vaccine.

    The four ministers had tried to get enough vaccine doses for all Europeans.

    3.09pm update: What time is Boris Johnson press conference today?

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation from Downing Street on Monday night to announce a third national lockdown for England after rising coronavirus cases hit a new peak. The daily infection reports hit 50,000 or more for the seventh day running, prompting the Prime Minister to step up restrictions across the nation.

    Speaking in the televised broadcast, he said: “I want to say to everyone right across the United Kingdom that I know how tough this is, I know how frustrated you are, I know that you have had more than enough of government guidance about defeating this virus.

    “But now more than ever, we must pull together. You should follow the new rules from now, and they will become law in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Parliament will meet – largely remotely – later that day.

    “I know that the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland share my conviction this is a pivotal moment and they’re taking similar steps.

    “The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet but I really do believe that we are entering the last phase of the struggle.”

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    Brexit latest: European fishing dependence on British waters (Image: EXPRESS)

    2.45pm update:  ‘Victory for English!’ EU expert breaks cover and admits THREE huge Brussels defeats

    The deal struck by Boris Johnson with the EU represents a “total victory for the English”, a political commentator has insisted – prompting a scathig response from an ally of President Emmanuel Macron.

    Eric Zemmour, a right-wing analyst and outspoken critic of the European Union, offered his frank assessment during an appearance on French television broadcaster CNEWS alongside Nathalie Loiseau, an MEP who was previously French Minister for European Affairs.

    Mr Zemmour, who has courted controversy with remarks about race, feminism and sexuality, said: “What happened?

    “The British have obtained access to the European single market without tariffs. First victory.

    2.30pm update: Honda halts car output at UK factory over supply delays

    Honda is halting output atr its British factory on Tuesday and Wednesday because of global supply problems.

    The Japanese carmaker has made the move with some British ports struggling to cope with demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as goods being stockpiled before a post-Brexit trade deal was was agreed between the UK and EU.

    The firm had resumed output on Monday at its site in Swindon after the Christmas break.

    Honda said in a statement: “The situation is currently being monitored with a view to re-start production on Thursday 7 January.”

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    Brexit latest: Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade deal is a ‘victory for the English’ (Image: PA)

    2.04pm update: It’s all Remainers fault!’ Britons furious as lucrative US trade deal faces Brexit delay

    Britons have reacted with fury to claims the UK was unlikely to strike a free trade Brexit deal with the US.

    Professor Alan Winters, director of the Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex, warned the likelihood of Boris Johnson securing an agreement with the US in the near future was “really low”.

    His comments come ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration later this month, with US president Donald Trump – a supporter of Brexit – making way.

    But Express.co.uk readers lashed out at claims of the Brexit blow.

    Commenting on this website, one reader said: “Blame the remainers this could all have been done 4 years ago.”

    Another wrote: “Obama famously said ‘UK will be at the back of the queue’ puppet Biden can only say what his master (s) instruct him to say.”

    1.20pm update: EU disaster as German paper listed FIVE countries to follow Britain out of bloc

    The EU could find itself without five more members, a largely forgotten paper prepared by the German finance ministry claimed.

    At the start of 2020, just 48 hours before the UK officially left the EU, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage told the European Parliament that Brexit was a “hammer blow” and that other countries would soon follow suit with exits of their own. In his speech, Mr Farage named Italy and Poland as the member states most likely to follow in Britain’s footsteps.

    Italy has the lowest support for the EU out of Europe’s four biggest economies.

    A recent Euronews poll found that 45 percent of respondents were in favour of Italy leaving the EU if Brexit is successful.

    France was next at 38 percent, followed by Spain at 37 percent and Germany at 30 percent.

    Meanwhile, at the summer launch of the Italexit political party, Gianluigi Paragone promised to free Italy “from the cage of the European Union and the single currency”.

    This is not news for European officials, though, who, merely days after Britain voted to leave, had already named the five countries most likely to follow suit.

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    Brexit latest: Joe Biden previously said a trade deal with the UK was not an immediate priority (Image: GETTY)

    12.32pm update: UK will return! German MEP promises Brexit ‘isolationism experiment’ will be short-lived

    A German politician has suggested Britain will soon attempt to rejoin the EU, after the “isolationist experiment” wears off.

    Terry Reintke, a German politician and MEP, has spoken of her regret that the UK has now formally left the EU but hinted the door will always be left open for Britain’s return.

    She claimed the 2016 Brexit referendum was “the triumph of a narrow nationalism”, which she thinks will soon dissipate.

    Writing on her own website, the Green MEP, wrote a blog post titled “Together, we are stronger than Brexit”.

    The short article, published on December 31, was written in conjunction with former British Green MEP Molly Scott-Cato, who represented the South West from 2014-2020.

    The pair branded Brexit as “short-lived” and suggested the UK would soon move to rejoin the bloc.

    11.45am update: UK’s biggest union urges new car investment at PSA’s Vauxhall factory

    Unite has called on French automaker PSA to build electrified vehicles at its Vauxhall/Opel car factory in England following the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU.

    In 2017 Peugeot parent company PSA bought Opel, which trades as Vauxhall in Britain, and in 2019 warned future investment in the Ellesmere Port plant would depend on the final terms of Britain’s eventual departure from the bloc.

    Unite national officer for automotive industries Des Quinn said: “We call upon PSA to look at a longer term plan to build electrified vehicles at both Luton and Ellesmere Port with future regulatory and legislative changes in mind.

    “At Ellesmere Port, it is also now time for our members to be rewarded for their ongoing commitment and having met all cost requirements to be awarded new product currently, it is the only plant in Europe not to have been.”

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    Brexit latest: Terry Reintke has suggested Britain will soon attempt to rejoin the EU (Image: GETTY)

    11.02am update: House of Lords CULL: New peers should be banned as fury erupts at ‘taxpayer-funded club’

    The House of Lords is facing yet another huge crisis after a campaign to ban new peers being appointed to the upper chamber erupted, with one pro-democracy group comparing it to a “taxpayer-funded private member’s club”.

    Critics have long called for the Lords to be scrapped or at the very least undergo radical reform.

    The backlash has grown in recent days with huge numbers of peers being appointed, leaving the upper chamber “bursting at the seams with donors and party figures”, according to one critic.

    There are currently more than 800 members of the Lords, a figure which ballooned last year when Boris Johnson appointed 52 new peers – including 16 at the end of 2020.

    The new appointees include former Scottish Conservative Party leader and current MSP Ruth Davidson, Brexiteer and former MEP Daniel Hannan, and Chair of Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign, Jennifer Chapman.

    But new analysis from the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) found most of the Prime Minister’s new Lords appointees have a primary background in politics, “shattering” the myth of an independent second chamber.

    10.30am update: Andrew Neil shuts down doubting remoaners as non-EU markets appetite for Britain grows

    Andrew Neil rubbished a remaoner’s tweet doubting Britain’s power to trade with non-EU countries, pointing out an undeniable “appetite” for UK services after Brexit.

    The former BBC presenter responded to a Twitter user who claimed he was “ignoring the experts” on the UK’s potential services for Asian imports post-Brexit.

    The social media user claimed Mr Neil could not name the services Britain could provide to Asian countries after ending the transition period on January 1.

    Mr Neil responded the message by pointing out 60 percent of the UK’s pre-coronavirus service exports were to non-EU countries.

    He said: “Pre-Covid we exported over £300bn/year in services, 60% to non-EU, running large surplus in services.

    “Both overall total and non-EU share growing rapidly year on year.

    “Financial, business, telecoms, software, travel, transport, information.”

    Brexit: Johnson says UK has ‘opportunity to expand horizons’

    10am update: Pound in for rollercoaster ride as Covid lockdowns spoil post-Brexit party – warning

    Currency markets are indicating sterling could be in for a bumpy ride with tighter lockdown measures expected to offset Brexit deal optimism that had seen the British currency surge above $1.37 on Monday.

    When the trade deal between the UK and EU was agreed, Measures of implied volatility fell from the nine-month highs reached in December, with markets breathing a huge sigh of relied.

    But volatility gauges have started creeping up again – the one-month pound-to-dollar volatility is up to nearly nine percent compared to seven percent for a broader basket of currencies.

    John Goldie, an FX dealer at Argentex, warned: “I am not convinced that there is much more upside yet.

    “At these levels, it may be difficult to continue to push higher with further escalations in the Covid numbers and the prospect of longer, more stringent lockdowns to come.”

    Kaspar Hense, a fund manager at BlueBay Asset Management, which runs $60 billion in assets, also warned: “The relief of a Brexit deal that was apparent in the markets will fade quickly despite broad US dollar weakness.”

    8.50am update: Nigel Farage rages over post-Brexit immigration ‘mess’ – ‘French have stalled us’

    Nigel Farage has questioned whether Boris Johnson will tackle the post-Brexit immigration “mess” and resolve the issue “head-on” after accusing the French of “stalling” progress.

    Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Farage said that “reducing immigration into the UK” remains a key issue for Tory voters.

    The former MEP said he saw a problem with Home Secretary Priti Patel’s claims on immigration.

    He added: “Indeed, 2021 is not even a week old and already the first illegal immigrants have arrived at the Port of Dover.”

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    Brexit latest: Nigel Farage has questioned whether Boris Johnson will tackle the post-Brexit immigration ‘mess’ (Image: GETTY)

    8.30am update: Supermarket Morrison’s says Brexit has not impacted on supplies yet

    Britain’s fourth biggest supermarket group has not experienced ant issues with supplies from continental Europe since a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union took effect last Friday.

    Morrison’s CEO David Potts said: “There is no issue with the flow of merchandise between mainland Europe to Morrisons right now.”

    However, he highlighted the the volume of goods crossing the English Channel is low at this time of year.

    Mr Potts added: “So I think any delay on the back of paperwork and process post December 31 is yet to be felt or yet to be visible.”

    8am update: Germany warns of ‘brutal damage’ to its industries as Brexit deal condemned

    Brexit is well and truly a reality after the UK’s trade deal with the EU came into place on January 1 – but concern remains in Germany as figures warn of “enormous damage” to the country’s industries.

    About one in seven cars made in Germany are sold in Britain, meaning a trading arrangement was clamoured for in Berlin in order to prevent a crisis in the country’s automotive industry.

    But, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s positivity, concern remains in Germany.

    German magazine Der Spiegel wrote in the aftermath of the trade deal late last month that the deal agreed is still comparable to a hard Brexit.

    It added that “brutal consequences” were around the corner and that “the new year will be a hard wake up call”.

    The magazine also said “the damage to companies will be enormous, but it is ordinary citizens who will pay the highest price”.



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