Brexit LIVE: We told you! EU set for furious fishing protest – bitter Irish attack UK deal

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The Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&WFPO) has set up a “Show and Tell” protest tomorrow at 7am, which will involve fishing vessels travelling along the river Lee to Cork city. The campaign group wants the public to “come and view these vessels, meet the men and women who work these vessels, hear their stories and talk with our representatives”. They will also then send an angry letter to Taoiseach Micheal Martin’s constituency office in Turner’s Cross, Cork, about how the Brexit Trade and Cooperation Agreement between EU and UK was “unfair and unjust” for Irish fishermen.

The IS&WFPO said: “Fishermen were asked to put aside their fears of being hundreds of miles away from medical help if it were needed for the benefit of our people.”

The campaign group said on their website they want a renegotiation of the Common Fisheries Policy so that Ireland is given a fair share of fish quotas that reflect the contribution of our fishing grounds to the EU.

They also say the TCA Agreement between EU and UK penalised Ireland’s fishing industry and so there needs to be an equal burden throughout the Member States.

The group also said that during the protest, they will highlight the impact of the loss of 15 per cent overall quota in the Brexit deal, as well as the reintroduction of an administrative penalty points system.

They are also angry about the recent withdrawal of the EU control plan, as this will mean all catches of fish will have to be weighed on piers.

Their website called for: “Renegotiation of Common Fisheries Policy so that Ireland is allocated a fair share of fish quotas that reflect the contribution of our fishing grounds to the EU.

“The Brexit TCA Agreement between EU and UK was both unfair and unjust and penalised Ireland’s fishing industry. This must be equal Burden Sharing throughout the member States.

The IS&WFPO added in a statement: “The countless job losses, financial worries these people have of maintaining mortgage payments and putting food on their tables is unimaginable.

“The vast majority of our members share these worries, but not because they cannot trade or continue the profession that was passed down to them from their fathers and mothers- but because their rights have been stripped away and they now find themselves the pawn on the chessboard of Europe to be sacrificed so larger countries may triumph.”


8.06am update: Don’t test us! Macron’s sidekick issues fiery Brexit warning to UK: ‘Stop playing games!’

Clement Beaune, France’s Europe Minister urged the UK Government to be “responsible” over the Northern Ireland protocol. The post-Brexit trading arrangements have kept the constituent country of the UK in the EU single market and customs union despite the UK’s departure from the bloc.

It means a new raft of checks on goods at the ports of Belfast and Larne under the terms of the protocol were introduced.

Addressing reporters following talks with his Dutch counterpart, Mr Beaune said: “We cannot accept that there is political game with such a sensitive issue.

“This is a central piece of European stability, you cannot play with this.

“We will never play with that. But we cannot accept that the protocol is taken lightly by any party.

“So I’m just saying, and we are discussing it of course with the British side, do not play with the protocol.”

7.55am update: Time running out! Fury as £15bn Norway trade deal on brink of collapse– talks ‘undermined’

Liz Truss and her International Trade team are keen to secure an “ambitious and comprehensive” free trade agreement as they look at building opportunities for a post-Brexit Britain. 

The EEA nation exported goods worth 181 billion Norwegian crowns (£15.5billion) last year to the UK with oil and gas making up the majority of exports.

Norway wants to continue enjoying zero tariffs on all industrial goods exported to Britain but wants fully free trade in seafood.

However, the Christian Democrats threatened to block any agreed trade deal due to fears many farmers in the country were out of business due to fears of being outcompeted by British counterparts.

The Christian Democrats are one of three parties in Norway’s current coalition government led by Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

Sources close to International Trade Secretary Liz Truss called for Norwegian politicians to unite and work with Britain “cooperatively” but stressed talks were “going smoothly”.

One source said: “The UK is extremely concerned at any prospect of a Norway trade deal falling through.

“This cannot be the case at the expense of a small group of inconsiderate Norwegian politicians.”

A second official added: “All parties involved in the deal should be cooperating and backing it.

“Talks are going smoothly but we can’t really have any chance of them being undermined.”

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