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Although some fishermen have reported trade problems due to the additional paperwork, French authorities have looked into fishing exports to the block. Exporters now have to deal with new customs declarations and other red tape to sell to the EU. Such is the difficulty of exporting, some Scottish fishermen are now reducing their trade due to bureaucratic problems but despite this, French officials have declared themselves delighted with the agreement reached between Michel Barnier and his counterpart, Lord David Frost.

French MEP Pierre Karleskind said: “What had to happen, unfortunately, is happening.
“The administrative constraints induced by Brexit make it almost impossible to export certain fish caught by the British. ”

Ally of French President Emmanuel Macron and Minister of European Affairs Clément Beaune hailed the EU negotiator for the protection of “the unity of Europe”.

He said: “Thank you, Michel Barnier, for having defended the firmness and unity of Europe.

“With determination and with success. We must now apply this agreement with rigor and vigilance.

“European sovereignty is our daily struggle. ”

In Scotland in particular, fishermen say they now have to wait five times longer to receive the necessary documents to trade with the EU.

There had been IT issues between the EU and the UK which, although now resolved, heightened fears that some companies could not continue.

Rather, some in Scotland blamed Nicola Sturgeon’s government for the problems.

Jimmy Buchan of the Scottish Seafood Association told the Daily Business Group: “The problem is definitely in Scotland, in the hubs before shipping.

“This is the one thing we have constantly asked the government, are they ready?

“They kept asking us, were we ready? And we are ready, but it seems the government is not.

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Although the fishing industry has suffered disruption, French officials have welcomed the deal reached between the EU and the UK.

Some UK exporters have said the increased paperwork required has hit trade with the EU hard.

Despite these concerns, French MEP Pierre Karleskind said: “What had to happen, unfortunately, is happening.

“The administrative constraints induced by Brexit make it almost impossible to export certain fish caught by the British. ”

A key ally of Emmanuel Macron and the Minister of European Affairs, Clément Beaune also praised Michel Barnier for having protected the unity of the EU.

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