Brexit: Fishing industry was ‘sacrificed’ by government says Deas
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Jayne Adye, director of the pro-Brexit campaign group Get Britain Out, was speaking after the Africa and the Zeeland, two of the largest fishing vessels in the world, were spotted just 15 miles off the Cornwall coast on several days this week. Ms Adye said: "Both are registered in the Netherlands, and for some obscure reason, have been given licences to fish in UK waters. They are both well over 100 meters long and use nets which can be the size of six football pitches."
She added: "Such large vessels indiscriminately catch huge numbers of fish at one time, whatever their species and size, with no regard for the damage this must do to the fish stocks of this country as well as the general biodiversity of UK waters.
Despite what Ms Adye called "this serious threat to the United Kingdom's fishing industry", the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), headed by Environment Secretary George Eustice, had given permission for both vessels to fish here, she pointed out.
In addition, seven other supertrawlers registered in the European Union were operating with the blessing of the UK Government, which had also rolled more than 1,500 fishing licences for EU vessels.
A Defra spokesperson said: "As an independent coastal state we can now review which vessels, including supertrawlers, can access and fish our waters.
"The new licensing framework within the Fisheries Act allows us to apply conditions to the activities of all fishing vessels in our waters – regardless of their nationality – and will need to abide by UK rules around sustainability and access to our 'Blue Belt' of protected waters."
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Boris Johnson’s Government is allowing supertrawlers such as the Afrika to operate in UK waters (Image: GETTY)
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The Romanian constitutional court disputed a European Court of Justice ruling which decreed that judges in Romania should put EU law above domestic legislation.
It comes as the EU is engaged in a battle with Poland over Warsaw’s defiance of the supremacy of EU law.
Professor Gavin Barrett an expert in EU law at University College Dublin said that the EU could not function effectively without the supremacy of its laws being accepted.
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Jayne Adye, director of the Get Britain Out campaign, accentuated the positive in her latest weekly bulletin at the end of a week which has left Prime Minister Boris Johnson badly bruised.
Mr Johnson is reeling after being forced to apologise in the Commons for attending a lockdown-busting "bring your own bottle" party in the Downing Street garden on May 2020.
Ms Adye conceded the ongoing controversy was threatening to overshadow the PM's bid to forge a new course for Britain outside the bloc.
However, she added: "Amongst all the bad news there has also been some good news to start the year and give us a clear sign of what is to come.”
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The EU is “punishing” Britain for leaving the bloc by banning it from its key £80billion research and innovation project, Express.co.uk has been told in an exclusive chat with a Government adviser.
Britain was originally going to contribute £15billion over seven years so its scientists and institutions could access the EU's huge pool of funding and collaborate with European partners.
But the UK has had its participation delayed, despite its association being a feature of the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
Britain was told EU chiefs told it cannot re-join the project until it resolves Brexit disputes including the Northern Ireland protocol and the fishing licenses row.
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The UK’s economic recovery is outpacing that of major economies including Germany, Telegraph business editor Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has said.
Mr Evans-Pritchard wrote: “The UK has regained its pre-pandemic levels of GDP long before Germany, Italy, and Spain, and slightly before the eurozone as a whole. It is ahead of Japan and Canada.
“This is a remarkable outcome when you think that the OECD forecast a year ago that Britain would limp into 2022 with output still 6.4pc below its pre-Covid peak, an economic basket case languishing along with Argentina at the bottom of the developed world’s league table.”
He added: ” his is an extraordinary reversal of fortunes. Germany was universally praised in the first wave of Covid for limiting the economic damage. Its Kurzarbeit system designed to help companies keep workers employed part-time was hailed as a model for the rest of us, as it is in many ways.”
Liz Truss says there is a ‘deal to be done’ over Northern Ireland ahead of Brexit talks
Liz Truss believes a deal can be done with the EU over the Brexit border dispute in Northern Ireland.
The Foreign Secretary said “intensive negotiations” will take place, with both the UK and EU eager for a deal.
But she refused to rule out that the Government may invoke Article 16, suspending part of the arrangements in the protocol, if they could not agree a way forward.
After her first meeting with EU Commission vicepresident Maros Sefcovic, she said: “We have had constructive talks.
“We are now going into intensive negotiations to work towards a negotiated solution to sort these very real issues for the people of Northern Ireland. I think there is a deal to be done. I want to make progress.”
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The Foreign Secretary, who took over Brexit negotiations following Lord Frost’s resignation in December, yesterday welcomed Maros Sefcovic to her grace and favour country house Chevening, ahead of two days of talks on the problematic Northern Ireland protocol.
In a tweet, Ms Truss wrote: “Delighted to welcome @MarosSefcovic for two days of talks on Northern Ireland and the wider UK-EU relationship.
“My priority is defending the Union and protecting the peace. I will be putting forward constructive proposals to help communities and businesses in NI.”
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The UK and EU’s relationship has soured over the last year, with tensions emanating from the trade agreement that took effect from January 1, 2021.
The deal saw the UK finally prized from the EU’s borders, and according to trade data, briefly damaged the country’s trade profits.
But as of the end of the year, it had returned to previous levels, showing the EU continues to rely on British goods.
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Manufacturing Northern Ireland (MNI) said there had been a “huge uptick” in the number of firms accepting the protocol is “here to stay”. However, many want it to “work better through simplifications”.
The survey comes as Liz Truss held her first meeting with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic in a bid to break the deadlock over the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.
It found that manufacturers were more concerned with labour shortages than the Northern Ireland Protocol.
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Boris drops the ball on fishing and hands licences to NINE EU supertrawlers
Boris Johnson's Government has been accused of reneging on its commitment to Britain's fishermen after it was revealed no fewer than nine massive super trawlers have been granted licences to operate in UK waters.
Jayne Adye, director of the pro-Brexit campaign group Get Britain Out, was speaking after the Africa and the Zeeland, two of the largest fishing vessels in the world, were spotted just 15 miles off the Cornwall coast on several days this week.
Ms Adye said: "Both are registered in the Netherlands, and for some obscure reason, have been given licences to fish in UK waters.
"They are both well over 100 meters long and use nets which can be the size of six football pitches."
Supertrawler Afrika (Image: Greenpeace)
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