Brexit: Fisherman says industry has been ‘shafted’ with deal
The former Tory frontbencher has urged Remainers to “fight back” and continue campaigning for the UK to rejoin the bloc. Lord Heseltine even compared the pro-EU campaign to Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP – who continue to demand a second vote on Scottish independence despite losing the 2014 referendum.
The former deputy prime minister told Times Radio: “You have got a country which is deeply divided and it is very important to give hope and keep alive the aspirations of the younger generation.
“Of course we must fight back.
“There are millions of people who feel just as strongly as I do, and we are not going to lie down.”
He then urged Remainers to follow the example of Scottish nationalists, who continue to campaign for a re-vote.
Brexit latest: Michael Heseltine has issued a rallying cry to Remainers
Lord Helseltine said: “The idea that that’s going to be static and set in stone – well, just take the Scots Nats, they lost the referendum. Show me one speech by one Scots Nat who said ‘It’s over. Oh, yes, we lost. Let’s be good boys and girls and let’s accept it’.
“Of course they didn’t. They immediately said ‘we nearly won – we must have another go’.
“And I take very much the same view about British self-interest.”
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2.30am update: Niche EU retailers cancelling trade with UK market over Brexit tax complaints
Some specialist retailers based in the EU have said they will no longer trade with the UK because of higher tax costs associated with Brexit.
One such company, Dutch Bike Bits, said it had been “forced by British policy” into making the decision, the BBC reports.
It is unclear how many in total have decided to take the step of avoiding the UK market.
Adamn French of consumer publication Which? said: “It’s vital the government makes it clear to consumers as well as traders what the changes as a result of Brexit mean for them and how they shop.”
11.35pm update: ‘Teething problems’ as new Brexit standards for Northern Ireland set in
New Brexit rules for Northern Ireland are being tested out on a limited number of cargo containers coming in from Great Britain, according to reports.
The new arrangements came into effect just before New Year’s Day. ITV said there have been some “teething problems” due to British exporters “not being fully aware” of what they have to do.
As many as 40 lorries per day are being checked, essentially as a sample from wider GB deliveries.
Seamus Leheny from Logistics NI told ITV lorries with food products were arriving, but Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs was not aware of what was in them, leading to detentions for inspection.
Edward Browne takes over live reporting from Steven Brown
9.50pm update: M&S branch in France says post-Brexit rules disrupt ready-meal supplies
A Paris branch of British retailer Marks & Spencer said fresh ready-made pasta dishes were unavailable on Monday because post-Brexit trade rules had disrupted deliveries across the Channel.
As of January 1, goods travelling back and forth between Britain and the European Union are subject to customs and other bureaucratic hurdles that did not previously exist due to the UK’s departure from the EU free trade zone on Dec. 31.
At the Marks & Spencer store in a shopping centre in the Porte Maillot district of western Paris, a chill cabinet that usually contains fresh ready-made meals was empty late on Monday, apart from a handful of refrigerated pizzas.
A sign in French on the cabinet read: “Following the latest government directives on the transition of goods between the United Kingdom and France, we have not been able to receive our delivery today. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.”
Ireland’s Micheal Martin
Irish fishermen are the victims of a “horrific betrayal” by both the Government of Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Brussels in the shape of the trade deal struck between the UK and the EU, an Irish fishing chief has said.
And Patrick Murphy has warned the decision will devastate whole communities – as well as costing his country hundreds of millions of euros.
The deal – struck on Christmas Eve – will enable EU fishermen to continue fishing in UK waters.
But the agreement will also effectively push boats from other EU countries into Irish waters, reducing fish stocks for local fishermen.
8.55pm update: Urgent action needed over disruption of delivery of goods to Northern Ireland
Economy Minister Dianne Dodds has called for urgent action to be taken over the disruption of delivery of goods to Northern Ireland.
Ms Dodds has written to Cabinet Office Secretary Michael Gove over the issues that have arisen since Brexit took effect on January 31.
She raised concerns that retailers based in Great Britain are cutting their services to Northern Ireland because of a lack of clear guidance.
The letter from Ms Dodds said: “Over the last number of weeks we have seen numerous GB-based retailers withdraw from offering deliveries to Northern Ireland due to the lack of guidance.
“On regulatory issues we have seen retailers of plants, food and drink ceasing to offer products for delivery in Northern Ireland due to increased costs.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer
Boris Johnson securing a Brexit trade deal with the EU has coincided with a surge in support for the Conservative Party, according to a new poll.
At the start of the new year, the Conservatives lead Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour by as much as five points.
Mr Johnson has seen support for his party rise by six percent since the end of November.
Proprety experts were previously concerned about the impact Brexit could have on the property market.
Now, one expert has claimed “demand will remains strong” in 2021, even if the pound weakens.
The UK officially left the EU on December 31 after months of negotiations.
The deal was made just a week before the end of the Brexit transition period.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola Sturgeon has been warned her dreams for Scottish independence are now more difficult after Brexit.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon faces a difficult journey if she continues to pursue independence for Scotland and separation from the UK.
Former ambassador to the EU Sir Ivan Rogers, while speaking on TimesRadio, argued Brexit had weakened the SNP’s argument on independence.
He claimed Brexit had made the party “politically impotent” and the economic side of the argument would weaken.
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.
Many in Europe were relieved that a deal was reached with just days remaining, as business had warned of the catastrophic consequences of a no deal Brexit.
One country with more at stake than most was Germany, whose cars are exported to the UK more than any other country.
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 Chancellor Angela Merkel
5.50pm update: Dublin port mayhem fails to materialise
There is a slow but steady build-up of freight movements between Britain and Ireland, a Dublin Port official has said.
Hauliers had warned of “mayhem” at ports post-Brexit which has not yet materialised.
The first ferries arrived in Ireland from Britain under new trade rules on Friday following the end of the Brexit transition period.
Tom Talbot, head of Revenue’s customs operations for Dublin Port, said on Monday they are still seeing very low levels of trade because of the time of year.
“We’re talking about extremely low numbers,” Mr Talbot said. “The reality is that the full blown traffic at the port would be a multiple of what it is today.”
He said it would be “fair to say” that traffic through the port was less than half of a normal day, but he would not be drawn on the exact volumes.
Brexit will bring many opportunities for the steel sector as the industry was decimated inside the single market, Conservative MP John Redwood has said in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
After almost a year of negotiations and multiple missed deadlines, Britain and the EU finally secured a post-Brexit trade deal.
Announced on Christmas Eve, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it as a “jumbo Canada-style” deal and declared: “All our red lines about returning sovereignty have been achieved.
“Everything that the British public were promised during the 2016 referendum and in the general election last year is delivered by this deal.”
Fishing was one of the key issues in talks
Brexit Britain is set to become a global leader in the technology sector with the industry already surpassing both Germany and France.
Such is the rapid rise of the technology sector in the UK, that while capital investment in the industry fell in China and the US in 2019, it soared in Britain.
Figures show investment in Britain exceeded £10billion in 2019 – a 44 percent increase.
Nigel Farage argued the EU was on its last legs as Brexit was another milestone towards the crumbling of the union.
Mr Farage insisted that Brexit was the people’s will in effect and a clear decision to step away from the EU.
He noted that there were still significant problems within the bloc and these problems could result in the end of the union within the next 10 years.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage
Boris Johnson is failing to safeguard the livelihoods of UK fishermen currently unable to visit seas off the coast of Norway, Greenland and the Faroe Islands because no deals have yet been struck to allow them to do so, a trade organisation has warned.
And Hull-based UK Fisheries Ltd fears it could be put out of business completely unless a solution is found in the next few weeks – ultimately costing the industry up to £100million.
Mr Johnson unveiled his post-Brexit trade deal on Christmas Eve, with advocates pointing out the agreement guarantees tariff-free trade for goods, and takes the UK out of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
However, critics have accused the Prime Minister of caving in when it comes to fishing rights – and UK Fisheries has suggested the problems did not end with access to UK waters either, with distant-waters fishing – referring to boats reliant on catches outside the nation’s territorial waters – at risk.
Brexit changes are coming for all of us – but those with property on the continent will face extra some changes in the new year.
What will happen to my property abroad after Brexit?
British homeowners on the continent face a barrage of changes in the new year as the Brexit transition period ends.
The prospect of getting a deal hangs in the balance as negotiators still haven’t reached an agreement on trade agreements with a matter of days to go.
Boris Johnson has appointed top UK lawyers to a new dispute panel set up to prevent any future wrangling between the UK and EU on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
The Prime Minister appointed 10 experienced lawyers to the newly-created panel, which came into effect this weekend.
The panel will also consist of 10 representatives appointed by the EU, whilst five will be jointly appointed by both sides.
3pm update: Steven Brown takes over from Emily Ferguson
2.10pm update: Customs chief warns it will take time for hauliers to adapt to new rules
Tom Talbot, head of customs operations for Dublin Port, said it will take time for drivers and hauliers to get used to the new post-transition period procedures.
He said that if all the correct documents and declarations are in place, then drivers will get a green light that will allow them to pass through the port.
Mr Talbot said that up to 92 percent of drivers are getting green lights.
He said: “We are seeing a little bit of more orange checks at the moment, but that’s because it is bedding in, but you get your green and that’s all you have to do.”
Mr Talbot said the Government has invested substantially in infrastructure, staffing and IT systems.
He added: “We are looking at a billion euros being spent on Brexit-related infrastructure.”
“That investment we put in is there for a reason and will minimise delays. There will be delays, we are now dealing with a third country but we want to minimise those delays.”
1pm update: Rishi Sunak’s £100m fishing fund will help catch species France went after
Rishi Sunak is poised to spend £100million rebuilding Britain’s fishing fleet to allow trawlermen to expand their quotas post-Brexit.
Ministers are currently finalising the plans, which was promised last month in a bid to diffuse criticism by fishermen that the Government had sold out the industry in a last-ditch bid to get a trade deal over the line.
The move is expected to allow British crews to expand their fleet and catch species that were traditionally exclusive to the French and Dutch.
The funding will also be used to boost the processing industry to ensure that there is the capacity to land the extra catch.
Joe Biden will soon be sworn in as US President but while the inauguration will be good news for many European countries, the UK could suffer as a trade deal looks unlikely.
Mr Johnson put an agreement with the US at the heart of his plans to revive Britain after Brexit, but the election of Democratic nominee Joe Biden last November complicated things.
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Alan Winters, director of the Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex, revealed why the Prime Minister will almost certainly fail to deliver what he promised.
Professor Winters said: “The chances of a trade deal with the US in the near future are really low. Americans want things out of the deal that are pretty unpalatable in the UK, such as chlorinated chicken and access to a pharmaceutical market at high prices.
“Basically all things that the UK Government has already said it cannot give. Now, they are not going to slip it through with Trump and Biden has lots of other things on his mind.
“He almost certainly will not appoint a trade representative to oversee the negotiations for a month or two.”
Boris Johnson secured a trade deal with the EU on Christmas Eve
11.36am update: Manufacturing hit 37-month high in December ahead of Brexit
Manufacturing in the UK hit a 37-month high in December as companies brought forward record numbers of orders to beat the end of the Brexit transition period, according to new data.
The closely-followed IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) hit 57.5, up from 55.6 in November, with growth in consumer, intermediate and investment goods sectors, as bosses looked to avoid risking delays from a feared-for no-deal Brexit.
10.51am update: Frexit referendum petition gets 10,000 signatures as campaigners promise ‘we will do it’
The Frexit movement has been gathering pace since December after Boris Johnson said Brexit was the dawn of a newly independent “global Britain”.
Campaign groups including Referendum Frexit and Generation Frexit are calling for France to be taken outside of the EU.
Referendum Frexit has seen more than 10,000 signatures on their petition demanding a vote on France’s future relationship with the Bloc.
The petition, set up last month, is backed by key members of French industry including economist Olivier Delamarche and political scientist Guillaume Bigot.
Marking the occasion last night, the group said: “We’re going to do it, we’re in no hurry. The rhythm of signatures increases with each passing day.”
Boris Johnson must back up his tough talk on supertrawlers with action now that the UK has severed ties with the European Union, environmental campaigners have said.
The head of one fishing organisation has questioned whether Mr Johnson would actually follow up on his pledge to ban the massive vessels – while angrily denouncing the trade agreement unveiled on Christmas Eve as a “cave-in”.
The presence of supertrawlers such as the Dutch-flagged Margiris in UK waters has been a source of considerable controversy in recent months.
One analysis by environmental pressure group Greenpeace suggested the ships had spent almost 6,000 hours fishing in designated marine protected areas (MPAs) around the UK coastline in the first six months of 2020.
Speaking to the BBC’s Andrew Marr yesterday, the Prime Minister suggested the issue was on his to-do list, suggesting that after leaving the EU, the UK “will be able to ban these huge hoover trawlers that come in and hoover up everything off the bottom of the sea”.
British citizens attempting to return to their homes in Europe have been barred from boarding flight
British citizens attempting to return to their homes in Europe have been barred from boarding flights after Brexit, despite having valid proof of residency.
Dozens of reports have surfaced of airlines blocking Britons from boarding, over claims they do not have valid proof of resident status in countries such as Spain, Italy and Germany.
On January 2, British expats hoping to return to their homes in Spain were blocked from boarding their pre-booked flights after airline staff claimed their ID documents were no longer valid after Brexit.
Nine Britons were caught up in the ordeal, as they attempted to board a plane travelling from London Heathrow to Madrid.
But the move by British Airways and Iberia staff was made in error, as Spanish and British authorities previously agreed their existing paperwork would be sufficient to allow re-entry once the EU transition period ended on December 31, 2020.
Spain’s Foreign Ministry added there had been “an isolated communication problem with some airlines that affected a very small number of travellers” and that air traffic between the UK and Spain was proceeding “with normality” by mid-Sunday.
Travellers to Pisa, Italy, and Berlin reported similar hurdles in boarding planes operated by Ryanair and Lufthansa despite carrying the appropriate travel documents.
The pound has surged to its highest value against the dollar in three years, propelled by optimism after Boris Johnson’s last-gasp trade deal with the European Union.
As of this morning, sterling is valued at $1.37 – a surefire indication of restored confidence. The value of the pound has increased by 0.3 percent against the dollar since trading got underway this morning.
The boost is especially significant because it marks the first day of trading since the end of the transition period which saw the UK sever its ties with the bloc.
The pound is also up by 0.5 percent against the Euro, at 1.1168.
The uptick since the start of trading is likely to be a delayed reaction following the confirmation of the agreement on Christmas Eve.
8.12am update: Britons blocked from visiting the Netherlands
At least a dozen British nationals have been denied entry to the Netherlands since New Year’s Day.
Under current EU-wide coronavirus measures, non-essential journeys from most non-EU countries are not permitted.
Since the UK has now left the EU, the same rule applies.
The Royal Dutch Marechaussee – the military police operating at borders – told the BBC the passengers arrived at Schiphol on non-essential journeys and, as they didn’t qualify for entry under any of the exceptions, were immediately sent home.