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The UK is threatening health and marine life on the French coast by allowing raw sewage to be dumped in the Channel and North Sea, say three Euro MPs.
The government’s food strategy lacks detail or any plans for implementation, and it is contradicted by its other policies.
As small businesses crumble, shelves get emptier and the care-worker shortage intensifies, life outside the EU is having a dire effect on many of us. Why aren’t politicians talking about it?
Brexit was welcomed by many in the UK fishing industry, but overwhelmingly it is now a cause for anger and disappointment. So says a report from the House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fisheries, which sets out the results of a survey of the sector.
One of Scotland’s leading shellfish exporters has said the seafood industry is still suffering woes caused by Brexit more than a year after the UK’s final withdrawal from the EU.
A SEAFOOD firm based on the Isle of Mull has blamed Brexit as it announced it is closing down for good.
The Ethical Shellfish Company (TESC), based on the Isle of Mull, claimed they had been left with no choice after a period of poor trading.
Figures show Brexit compounding Covid disruption, with clothing exports plunging 60%, vegetables down 40% and cars 25%.
One year after Brexit, Scotland’s fishing industry is still mired in chaos, leaving many businesses fearing for their future as deliveries to Europe continue to be snarled in costly red tape and delays.
We’re still only seeing the start of the changes Brexit will bring to the seafood industry (and, in truth, the entire food and beverage sector). In the coming years, there will be continual changes as we adjust our operating model and there’s no clear view on when it will settle down.
A SLUMP in the value of fish and shellfish exports has left a Ross-shire MSP "deeply troubled" and sparked claims the setback is in part down to the Brexit effect. / New HMRC figures show fish and shellfish exports fell by £33 million between the first quarter of 2020 and 2021. The figures show a 45 per cent fall in the volume of exports over the same period.
Government promises that the fishing industry would benefit to the tune of tens of millions of pounds from Brexit has been challenged by analysis by a fishermen’s trade organisation, which says it will make multi-million pound losses every year instead.
Every now and then there are weeks when Brexit issues surge back to the foreground, and this has been one of them.
The six months since the end of the transition period have largely been a ‘tale of woe’ for Britain’s fishing industry, says National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation
Seafood firms have seen export costs “treble” in the six months following Brexit, leading MPs to warn that the industry now faces an “existential threat”.
Jamie McMillan said his sales are down 40 per cent since Brexit.
A Scottish fisherman says it's "cheaper and quicker" to export his shellfish to Asia than it is to France under post-Brexit rules. / Because the UK is out of the single market, British fish exports to Europe are now subject to new customs and veterinary checks.
So five years after the referendum, and six months from leaving the single market, what's the slogan from businesses most affected? Bureaucracy, delay, cost.
Trade with Great Britain has been severely disrupted since the Brexit agreement came into force. Fish traders and clothing sellers are struggling to cope with new customs and health regulations. Companies often bear the burden of the extra costs.
UK food and drink exports to the European Union almost halved in the first three months of the year, compared with the same period in 2020.
In another example of post-Brexit trade problems, many UK fishermen are now struggling to export their catch to the EU.
The fisheries minister has refused to say sorry for the government's handling of the post-Brexit shellfish saga amid tough questions from exporters whose sales to the European Union have been torpedoed since the New Year.
Michael Alexander speaks to East Neuk prawn and Scottish fishing industry representatives who are trying to plot a course through the uncharted stormy waters of the Covid pandemic and Brexit.
The sea of opportunity that Brexit was supposed to deliver has certainly dried up for Yorkshire’s fishermen. News that the UK and Norway have failed to reach a fishing deal for this year means boats like the Hull-based Kirkella remain tied up, possibly for good.
“This has placed British businesses at a competitive disadvantage and reduced the incentive on the European Commission to negotiate measures that would lessen the burdens facing British producers."