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Brexit: fishermen criticize Boris Johnson’s “unfair” deal

Although the UK is outside the EU, government officials have admitted they cannot stop the supertrawlers from fishing in UK waters. Large trawlers have been accused of wiping out fish stocks and vessels, like the Margiris, have been banned by the Australian government. Conservative MPs are now outraged by the presence of supertrawlers in British waters and want the Prime Minister to reassess British policy in this area.

Such is the impact of the supertrawlers that Greenpeace claimed were causing a “devastating blow” to marine life.
Henry Smith, Conservative MP for Crawley told the Daily Telegraph: “My position is pretty clear – I welcome the ban on electric pulse fishing, but I think this is a great opportunity to ban supertrawlers who are incredibly damaging and which would be popular with British fishermen. , the general public and that’s something we need to do to protect our coastal waters.

“I pay tribute to the government for its work so far, but we should back it up with a ban on supertrawlers.

“A lot has been done in the Brexit debate to follow the Australian lead – and this is a great example of how we should do it! ”

The government can only legislate against the type of fishing being done, rather than the type of vessel entering UK waters.

Brexit live: supertrawlers set to loot the UK (Image: Express)

In some Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), they may prohibit the practice of bottom trawling but not the size of a vessel or its nets.

A government source said: “Importantly, there is no formal definition of what a supertrawler is.

“Marine protected areas are created to protect specific habitats and species of the seabed.

“MPAs are generally not an appropriate conservation mechanism for highly mobile fish caught by supertrawlers.

“The measures that will protect these fish must apply to their entire range, such as quotas. ”

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10:26 am Update: UK-US trade BLOW: Boris’ ‘Holy Grail’ deal at the back of Biden’s to-do list – Expert

Boris Johnson’s hopes for a “holy grail” trade deal with the United States suffered a severe blow after an expert claimed the UK had now “isolated” itself.

While a trade deal is vital for Mr Johnson’s post-Brexit plans, Scott Lucas, professor of international politics at the University of Birmingham, told Express.co.uk that a trade deal would not come before 2022 at the earliest.

Professor Lucas said: “A trade deal is not that important, the United States has other priorities.

“Joe Biden said it. He did not repeat Barack’s line but Biden must pay attention to national concerns. ”

9:49 am update: Boris urged not to bow down to Joe Biden to make US trade deal “Why should we? “- survey

Brexit Britain should not bow to Joe Biden in order to secure an exceptional US trade deal, voters in an Express.co.uk poll have said.

Boris Johnson is keen to conclude a trade deal with the United States this year and has declared its willingness to work closely with Washington.

With less than two weeks before Mr. Biden takes office from Donald Trump, Express.co.uk asked in an exclusive online poll: “Should Brexit Britain bow to Joe Biden over a US trade deal?”

In the vote, 15,436 of 16,457 said the UK should not bow to the US.

Only 913 voted ‘yes’, while 108 were unsure.

Brexit en direct: Ian Blackford

Brexit en direct: Ian Blackford (Image: PA)

8.49am update: SNP demands billions of dollars in compensation for leaving EU

Party leader in Westminster Ian Blackford said leaving the EU would have a huge impact on Scotland.

They said customs and export changes could cost £ 7 billion a year and cause Scotland’s GDP to drop by 6%.

Mr Blackford said: ‘It is totally unforgivable that Scotland is forced to pay such a devastating price for Boris Johnson’s Tory Brexit extreme deal, with rising costs, red tape and disruption.

“The Tories must apologize to Scottish businesses and pay Scotland compensation for the long-term damage they are causing to our economy, costing us billions in lost trade and growth.

“This disastrous Tory Brexit was a totally unnecessary act of economic vandalism, which was inflicted against Scotland’s will. ”

8:18 am update: Britain ready to continue to play a world leadership role after Brexit

Britain’s new ambassador to the UN has said the government wants to continue playing its role as a leading power after Brexit.

Barbara Woodward, said the UK is ready to continue its role on the world stage as host of this year’s G7 and the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

She said: “Do not underestimate the power of the relationship with the EU.

“There are a lot of values ​​and principles that we share with our European partners which I think will be very useful to us. ”

Brexit timeline

Brexit timeline (Image: Express)

7:20 am update: Supertrawlers set to plunder UK waters

Although the UK has completed the Brexit process, controversial supertrawlers are set to plunder the UK’s rich fishing waters.

Although banned in some areas, ships will now be able to access UK waters as the government cannot legislate against the size of the ship.

Henry Smith, Conservative MP for Crawley told the Daily Telegraph: “My position is pretty clear – I welcome the ban on electric pulse fishing, but I think this is a great opportunity to ban supertrawlers who are incredibly damaging and which would be popular with British fishermen. , the general public and that’s something we need to do to protect our coastal waters.

“I pay tribute to the government for its work so far, but we should back it up with a ban on supertrawlers.

“A lot has been done in the Brexit debate to follow the Australian lead – and this is a great example of how we should do it! ”

Sir David Ames MP for Southend said: ‘It is time to ban the EU’s super industrial fishing trawlers and protect our seabed and marine habitats from the enormous damage these huge ships inflict on our marine life. .

“There have been reports of supertrawlers causing the deaths of seals, porpoises and dolphins in UK waters. We must take immediate action to end this destruction ”.

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