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UK News Brexit LIVE: Prawn row erupts as EU 'steals UK market' - Scottish fishermen raise alarm

03:15  07 april  2021
03:15  07 april  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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A row has broken out between the UK and EU after Danish boats have been accused of ignoring environmental rules to plunder waters. According to Scottish fishers in the Fladen prawn grounds around the Shetland Islands, Danish trawlers have been found to be plundering the waters despite being banned since 2007. Local fishermen have said the EU fleets have used multi-rig trawlers and have never been seen before.

Guernsey has allowed French boats to plunder waters around the coast of the British Crown Dependency while they hold crunch talks with the EU and France over fishing rights.

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Island officials have agreed to allow French vessels access to the isle's Channel waters until June 30th.

By this time, officials are hoping to put a new licensing system in place based on the UK's Trade and Cooperation agreement with Brussels requiring French vessels to apply to fish in Channel Island waters.

Guernsey was hoping to have the system in place by April 1st but it is understood talks with the EU and France have been difficult and complex due to policy issues.

The interim arrangement will continue on the basis it can be extended month by month up to a maximum period of three months if needed.

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The Crown Dependency is not part of the UK but often aligns policies and agreements with Westminster. However, it is responsible for its own fishing regulations and licencing.

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Deputy Jonathan Le Tocq, Guernsey's External Relations Minister, said: "The extension recognises the interests of the domestic fleet by retaining the ability to move to the full TCA licensing regime sooner, if this is possible.

"Discussions are ongoing between the Bailiwick, UK and EU to ensure that this work can be concluded as soon as possible."

Deputy Neil Inder, President of Guernsey's Committee for Economic Development, added: "It is important that we maintain a stable economic relationship for the fishing industry in and around the Bailiwick.

"We are dependent on trade both in terms of access to waters and in terms of access to ports and EU markets.

"The TCA seeks to balance these interests and interrelationships."

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12:15am update: Brie-lliant news! Brexit has UK cheesemakers choose new markets over EU to sell cheese

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BRITISH cheesemakers reported a boom in trade across the UK and into the US in the aftermath of Brexit.

British cheesemakers are experiencing a massive increase in demand for their products. As Brexit export requirements tightened on British cheese, a new domestic market has blown open for cheesemakers as Britons choose to buy local cheese from high quality producers.

The situation has also led to cheesemakers discovering new massively-growing markets abroad in the USA and Canada who want British cheese.

Cheesemaker Simon Spurrell told CGTN Europe that his cheese company has been hit hard by the cost of new export certificates required to ship his products to the European Union.

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11:15pm update: New Brexit deal with Turkey 'on the horizon' as trade with Ankara soars after EU split

TURKEY and the UK are set to have closer trade ties after Turkish trade with Britain increased by 12 percent in the first quarter of 2021.

Data compiled from the Turkish Exporters Assembly shows sales to the UK increased by 12.7 percent to reach £2 billion ($2.7 billion).

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Britain also received £700 million worth of Turkish goods in March alone, a 33.1 percent year-on-year increase.

Turkey and the United Kingdom extended their free-trade agreement in December days before Britain formally left the European Union, to keep up the existing flow of goods.

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Brexit Britain's economic growth following the devastating Covid pandemic is tipped to outstrip the US and Europe following Boris Johnson's vaccine rollout success.

The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) World Economic Outlook has predicted the UK is likely to be the fastest-growing advanced economy in 2022.

The outlook expected growth of 5.3pc this and then 5.1pc next year as it recovers from a massive GDP hits from the pandemic.

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This could be the UK's strongest growth since 1988, although the IMF added output is not expected to return to the same levels from before the pandemic until next year.

It comes as the Government said today that 31.622 million Britons had received their first dose of a Covid vaccine, which is up from 31.582 million in the previous day's data.

Gita Gopinath, chief economist at the IMF, said UK growth would be 0.8 percent greater than expected this year, due to the success of the vaccine rollout and additional economic relief announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Budget.

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She said: "[The UK] is doing exceptionally well on the vaccination front and the expectation is that by sometime in July they will get to truly widespread coverage, in which case the economy opens up at that time so that is looking promising.

"Also there was the additional stimulus that was provided in the March Budget round."

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9.41pm update: Northern Ireland protocol critics have no alternatives

The EU's ambassador to the UK has claimed the protocol is the only solution to the issues of trade in Northern Ireland.

Amid the unrest in Northern Ireland, João Vale de Almeida called on leaders to make the protocol work despite the criticism levelled at it.

He said: Let's not forget the origin of the issues. We are talking about the impact of Brexit which was decided by the British people.

"We are talking about the impact of the departure from the single market which was decided on the British side as well.

"Squaring the circle is finding solutions for very intricate and delicate problems that were created by decisions taken and decisions which have consequences."

8.26pm update: EU fleets caught using multi-rig ships to plunder UK waters

According to Scottish fishers, Danish fleets have been found to be using multi-rig trawlers to plunder the grounds around the Shetland Islands.

The practice has been banned since 2007 but EU fleets have now been accused of violating conservation rules.

Fisherman John Clark told The Fishing Daily: "These big Danish factory freezer trawlers have never fished here before, but we feel they are trying to steal the UK market and they could crash the prawn stock on the Fladen ground.

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"We banned the use of more than the two-net multi-rig over ten years ago because it could flood the market with prawns and could increase the method of high-grading prawns to clear the hopper before the next haul."

8.03pm update: Keir Starmer faces fresh Brexit crisis as he is told most Labour members want to Rejoin EU

Keir Starmer is facing new splits over Brexit within his Labour Party after senior figures urged him to start campaigning to rejoin the European Union.

Sir Keir marked the first anniversary of his election to Labour's top job on Sunday against a backdrop of mounting criticism of his leadership as the Conservatives have steadily pulled ahead in the polls since the turn of the year.

He has faced accusations that he has been too cautious and failed to offer a clear direction for the party, while the Tories' fortunes have benefited from the rapid rollout of the coronavirus vaccine.

But hopes of avoiding a potentially damaging party rift over its position on Brexit suffered a blow today when two influential members demanded a rethink on Labour's stance on the EU.

Former Yorkshire & Humber MEP Richard Corbett, who led the Labour group in the European Parliament, tweeted: "Come on Keir! Most Labour members want you to campaign to #RejoinEU according to a YouGov poll published today.

"Time to speak out about the #BrexitDisaster!"

6.12pm update: Brexit Britain's growth tipped to outstrip Europe: Vaccine success to spark economic surge

Brexit Britain's economic growth following the devastating Covid pandemic is tipped to outstrip the US and Europe following Boris Johnson's vaccine rollout success.

The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) World Economic Outlook has predicted the UK is likely to be the fastest-growing advanced economy in 2022.

The outlook expected growth of 5.3pc this and then 5.1pc next year as it recovers from a massive GDP hits from the pandemic.

This could be the UK's strongest growth since 1988, although the IMF added output is not expected to return to the same levels from before the pandemic until next year.

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5.10pm update: Expats face hell in EU: Brits living abroad losing jobs, healthcare and purchasing power

British expats living across the European Union are facing a post-Brexit bureaucratic nightmare with access to jobs, healthcare, bank accounts and university places being denied to them despite assurances written into the withdrawal agreement signed by Brussels bosses.

Campaigners fear the rights of Britons abroad are being ignored by officials who are either being overzealous in the application of the new rules or appear unaware of the guarantees laid down in the Brexit deal.

In some cases, computer systems have not been updated to reflect the changes in circumstances for expats, and there are also long delays in processing new documents required since Britain left the bloc last New Year's Eve.

Expats living in Italy, France and Spain have all complained their lives are being made difficult by heavy-handed local authorities.

Jeremy Morgan, a member of the campaign group British in Italy, said: "Italy is keen to be on our side but is being slow to fix things.

"We are often treated like third-country migrants from outside the EU and are asked for the number of the permesso di soggiorno document residency permit which those immigrants have."

4.37pm update: EU has failed: Italy under pressure as nation 'could have done better without Brussels'

The EU's vaccine rollout has supported those calling for Italy to leave the bloc as Brussels has "failed" the test for protecting the 27 member states.

With the EU failing to reach its goal of vaccinating 80 percent of the over-80s in the first quarter of the year, Gianluigi Paragone claimed Italy would've performed better as an independent nation.

Armed with its newfound independence due to Brexit, Mr Paragone insisted the EU is no longer suitable to run the rollout of 27 separate nations.

In a bold attack against the bloc, the leader of the new Italexit party revealed the EU has failed its ultimate test as states see case levels rise.

4.06pm update: Outrage as British expats turned away at UK airport by staff 'acting on behalf of Spain'

Britons have reacted furiously to reports that seven passengers were stopped from travelling to Spain by Ryanair staff yesterday.

Retired IT technician Alec, 63, and six others were told their trip from Manchester to Alicante couldn't go ahead because of Covid restrictions.

This is despite Alec checking the latest travel guidance which allowed people to visit Spain to buy a property.

Despite this, he claims when he arrived at the airport he was denied entry to the plane without any justified reason.

Alec insists he was subject to "arbitrary rules made up on behalf of another country".

The news sparked a furious reaction from many Express.co.uk readers - who questioned why Ryanair staff were acting like border guards.

One wrote: "Spain ... again bites the hand that feeds it .. no wonder it is starving."

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3.14pm update: 'I don't want to get deported!' UK expats declare Spanish dream 'over' as rules change

The dream lives many Brits have enjoyed in Spain for years have been shattered after it launched a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Dozens of expats, many of whom had been in the country for years, were left in tears after being forced to leave for Blighty.

Spain's police force and authorities are expecting to deport 500 UK citizens within the first week of tough new rules coming into effect on April 1.

Other deportation targets have been created as authorities seek to boot out anyone without the correct paperwork.

Brought in after Brexit, the changes mean that unregistered UK residents can only stay in the country for 90 days out of 180.

Before leaving, as EU citizens Brits could stay in Spain - or anywhere else in the bloc - without registering.

Many took advantage of this and spent years tanning themselves in the Mediterranean country without bothering to become Spanish residents.

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Eurospectic champion Matteo Salvini is on the cusp of forming an anti-Brussels coalition in Italy, according to new opinion polling.

The survey suggests the League party chief could lead a right-wing coalition to replace Mario Draghi's technocratic government after the next election.

It places Mr Salvini's movement in top spot, with 24 percent, closely followed by Brothers of Italy on 18 percent.

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EU officials are watching today's vote closely, especially the vote share for Inuit Ataqatigiit, the party which successfully campaigned for Greenland to leave the then-European Economic Community (1985).

It comes as the northern pole is back on the EU's agenda, with the Commission currently redrafting the bloc's Arctic policy.

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12pm update: British expat alert: Spain could turn back UK holidaymakers at border, warns expert

Brits aiming to bask in the Spanish sun this summer are facing a "nightmare waiting to happen", according to an influential expat.

Moira Carmenate runs The Expat Centre which advises people how to get the most out of life abroad.

But the differing rules currently adopted by the British and Spanish governments are creating an "ongoing headache" which needs to be resolved, she said.

11.15am update: EU on the brink: Expert lists FIVE key problems facing Von der Leyen after Covid pandemic

EU unity is on the verge of collapsing as more tensions among member states are expected to arise after the coronavirus pandemic.

EU leaders' commitment to solidarity and unity has been tested over the past 12 months of the pandemic, showing the European Union project in all its fragility.

But Covid may not be the last hurdle for the bloc as EU leaders are expected to clash on future projects already dividing some nations.

10.30am update: EU delusion: Breton blames AstraZeneca for ALL of EU's rollout crises - 'We'd be like UK!'

EU vaccine chief Thierry Breton has accused AstraZeneca of being the "sole" reason for the bloc's vaccination rollout catastrophe.

He claimed if AstraZeneca had delivered all its contracted doses, the bloc's vaccination strategy would be at par with that of the UK.

The head of the European Commission's vaccine task force told French daily Le Parisien: "If we had received the 100 percent of AstraZeneca's vaccines that were contracted to us, the European Union would be at the same level today as Great Britain in terms of vaccines.

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9.30am update: British economy boost as Brexit fears fade away

British shares were boosted this morning by heavyweight commodity and banking stocks, while prospects of a planned economic reopening from a coronavirus lockdown starting next week lifted beaten-down travel and leisure stocks.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose 1.2% to hit its highest since Jan. 11.

Neil Wilson, chief market analyst for Markets.com, said: "As uncertainty about Brexit has pretty much cleared away and (hopes) of a stronger global economic recovery (increase), I'd expect the UK economy is going to be in a better position than some this year and sort of more domestic kind of UK focus stocks to do quite well."

8:45am update: Oh dear, Brussels! EU fails to hit vaccination target - despite UK smashing goal in Feb

THE European Union has failed to hit its target for vaccinating the bloc's top priority groups in another blow for its shambolic jabs rollout.

Official data shows member states fell far below their goal to administer Covid immunisations to at least 80 percent of the elderly and healthcare workers.

The average vaccination rate for those aged 80 and above was almost 57 percent, whereas just 30 percent had received two doses, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

And as of April 2, just 63 percent of healthcare workers across the bloc had received just one dose of a life-saving coronavirus vaccine.

8am update: NI sees third night of Brexit related protests

Police and politicians in Northern Ireland appealed for calm last night after a third night of violence that saw Protestant youths start fires and pelt officers with bricks and gasoline bombs.

The flareups come amid rising tensions over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland and worsening relations between the parties in the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing Belfast government.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said officers were attacked in Londonderry on Sunday night, and there was also unrest in two pro-British unionist areas near Belfast.

German lockdown: Angela Merkel calls for national closure after Covid infections spike .
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