Brexit news: British fishermen demand ‘answers’ after being ‘used’ – Boris under pressure | Politics | New
As part of the Brexit trade deal struck by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the EU’s share of catches in UK waters will decline by 25% in stages over the next five years. After this fishing transition period ends in June 2026, the two sides will hold talks annually to discuss access. But British fishermen have complained about having to desperately navigate endless bureaucratic hassles that have stifled them in the six months since the trade deal.
Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat MP for the main coastal constituency of Orkney and Shetland, launched a ‘call for evidence’ ahead of a parliamentary debate he is leading on the impact of Brexit on the fishing industry on the 13th July.
It will present a wide range of concerns and challenges raised by fishermen, processors and exporters since the entry into force of the new fisheries agreement.
But Mr Carmichael has launched a furious attack on the government for its treatment of the UK fishing industry since the country severed all ties with the EU.
In a strong warning, he told Express.co.uk: “The equipment I have from the fishing industry illustrates a total failure of the government.
“Every fisherman, processor and exporter I have spoken to over the past few months has presented me with a litany of frustrations with the government.
“These run the gamut, from lost markets due to trade barriers, broken promises regarding quota increases or simply lack of access to the necessary worker support.
“The list goes on but ministers have not listened. After six months, the upcoming debate is a chance to change the narrative – and to have our voices heard.”
He added: “The questions will be short and to the point and will ask for answers.
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He says government ministers almost abandoned the industry because “they got what they wanted from the industry.”
The Liberal Democrat MP continued: “The fishing industry feels overused.
“A year ago, you couldn’t find a port in the country that didn’t have a Tory politician standing on the deck of a trawler posing for pictures.
“It was then that they had something to gain from the industry.
“They got what they wanted from the industry.
“Now the fishing industry wants something in return – to keep its promises.”