Brexit LIVE: It’s crazy! Norwegian fishermen make urgent plea for UK deal to end 'chaos'


    Brexit: Barnier says things will be ‘more difficult’ for UK

    Talks between Oslo and London collapsed earlier this year due to issues over quotas. As a result, UK and Norway fleets have no access to each others waters which is forcing fishing chiefs to pile on the pressure for both sides to make an agreement due to fears over the industry being at severe risk of collapse.

    Kjell Ingebrigtsen, leader of the Norwegian Fishermen’s Association, said: “It is not Norway which asked for Brexit.”

    He stressed that he hoped the “United Kingdom and Norway will come to an agreement” as soon as possible.

    Audun Måråk, member of deep-sea fishing fleet’s organization Fiskebåt, added: “We would be better off with an agreement, but can not accept an agreement that is worse than the one we had.

    “It is not Norway that has asked for Brexit.”

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    Norway fishermen are piling on the pressure on the Norwegian and UK Governments. Pictured: Norway PM (Image: GETTY)

    Norwegian trawlermen Morten Larsen, from Tromso in Northern Norway, added: “It’s crazy and chaotic without a fisheries deal, we need an agreement in place as soon as possible.

    “Without an agreement, our industry will suffer severely.”

    Minister for Fisheries Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen said the lack of access was an indirect consequence of Brexit.

    He added: “Now the fishing fleet and the land industry must work well together.”

    Both the Norwegian and UK governments are hopeful of securing a new agreement in the early part of 2022.


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    Michel Barnier has warned France could one day vote to quit the European Union (Image: Getty)

    0.20am update: Barnier issues Frexit warning: France could quit the EU – ‘We have to be very careful’

    Michel Barnier has warned France could one day vote to quit the European Union unless the bloc learns lessons from Brexit.

    The bloc’s former Brexit negotiator said eurocrats must heed warnings from disenfranchised citizens before it’s too late to avoid another member state quitting the project.

    He said some people have been left feeling “abandoned” and don’t have a future within the EU.

    In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Barnier said: “The Olympic Games in Albertville, my hometown, were an extraordinary event, just like Brexit, but there is a big difference between both of them.

    Brexit is a negative negotiation, a lose-lose divorce, while the Olympics were a positive project.

    11.20pm update: ‘Pull the plug NOW!’ Britons furious as EU set to slam door shut on UK financial services

    The European Union has come under fire after Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey warned he has seen no indication Brussels is prepared to reopen its doors to UK financial service exports.

    During Brexit trade negotiations throughout last year, the issue of financial services was largely ignored, but the City of London’s access to the European Union’s markets has yet to return to anywhere close to normal.

    Brussels is yet to make a move on whether UK financial rules are “equivalent” to regulation in the bloc – a key condition for granting market access.

    The EU will only resume its equivalence assessments once its 27 remaining member states formally back a new regulatory cooperation framework with Britain.

    However the Bank of England Governor has painted a damning picture of the lack of progress being made on the issue, telling a news conference: “On equivalence, I think it’s fair to say that nothing really has moved forwards.”

    10.30pm update: Missing in action! UK fishermen destroy Tory MPs over silence on ‘sell-out’ EU deal

    UK fishermen have torn into the silence from Conservative Party MPs who had hyped the potential benefits of Brexit but has since seen an industry suffer, raging the agreement with European Union is a “sell-out”.

    The UK and European Union agreed an 11th-hour Free Trade Agreement (FTA) on Christmas Eve, with fishing rights often proving to be a heated subject for discussion during often bitter Brexit talks between the two sides. 

    Boris Johnson had vowed to do his absolute best to protect UK fishermen in any deal, but has since been accused by representative bodies of a “betrayal” and for “tale of woe, very far away from the sea of opportunity that some spoke about”.

    The Prime Minister was accused of almost completely folding on the issue in talks with the EU, scrapping many of the red lines that had been in place since the beginning of talks in order to avoid a no-deal.

    Quota shares were only slightly adjusted to favour British boats, and no coastal exclusion zone was established, despite promises to the industry.

    Isabella Marsans is taking over from Richard Percival.

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    How many extra seats will each EU nation get after Brexit (Image: Express)

    9:30pm update: Independent Scotland in EU would need ‘Great Wall of Gretna’ in the future, says Tory minister 

    An independent Scotland that is part of the European Union will need to build a “great wall of Gretna” at the border with England, the UK immigration minister has claimed.

    Home Office minister Kevin Foster used a visit to Scotland to speak out against the SNP’s flagship goal of independence.

    He said an independent Scotland part of the Schengen scheme, which permits free travel without passport checks between European nations, would necessitate the construction of a hard border between Scotland and England.

    8pm update: Lord Frost fury as EU ‘drops’ 800 new Brexit rules on UK with no notice

    Brussels dumped more than 800 new pieces of regulation upon Northern Ireland without notice, according to Cabinet Office officials, in a move criticised by a senior minister.

    Brexit minister Lord Frost told peers that the development showed the European Union was failing to take “seriously” that it was making laws “for another territory” after Brexit.

    The comments come after the Cabinet Office said Brussels sprung an update on it that more than 600 new measures impacting upon Northern Ireland had been adopted by the bloc in the past three months, with a further 200 in the pipeline.

    6:45pm update: Brexit will influence political drama’s for years, claims Playwright 

    Playwright and dramatist James Graham predicted future political plays will be about Brexit or its legacy, as he was made an OBE.

    Graham wrote the Emmy and Bafta-nominated TV drama Brexit: The Uncivil War, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, but he said he is not looking to create a sequel.

    Speaking after receiving his honour from the Prince of Wales during a St James’s Palace investiture ceremony, Graham said: “The story just keeps rolling and rolling and the impact of that vote, but I think to be honest I’ve done as much as I can find interesting about that particular campaign.

    “But I think in a weird kind of way almost every political play, or political drama, will in some way be about Brexit or the legacy or the inheritance of Brexit, we won’t be able to escape it, it’s defined the moment we’re living through.” 

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    5:30pm update: EU ambassador dismisses SNP’s rejoin EU plan

    Nicola Sturgeon has been dealt a blow as the EU’s top diplomat in the UK lightly poured cold water on her dream of an independent Scotland.

    EU Ambassador to the UK João Vale de Almeida also played down hopes of Scotland joining the EU if it was to become independent.

    When asked about the prospect of Scotland joining the bloc and becoming independent, he said: “You know how we deal with countries that want to rejoin the European Union and I’m sure the same rules would apply if that hypothetical scenario is confirmed which is far from being the case.”

    4pm update: Thousands of EU settled status applications yet to be resolved

    Almost 6,000 European nationals living in the UK have not had their claim for settled status resolved within a year.

    Immigration minister Kevin Foster said more than six million applications have been made by European citizens who wish to remain in the UK post-Brexit, and there are “just under 6,000” cases that “have been outstanding for over a year”.

    He said the “backlog in the courts” caused by the coronavirus pandemic was part of the reason for the problem because if someone has charges pending, a final decision on whether they can stay cannot be made until the criminal case has been resolved.

    3.05pm update: Boris Johnson shuts down Labour rant with brutal Brexit jab ‘Wouldn’t have made it in EU!’

    Boris Johnson issued a brutal slapdown to Labour MP Andy Slaughter after he called on the UK Government to get more members of the public double jabbed with the coronavirus vaccine.

    The Prime minister slammed the Labour MP and claimed that if his party had its way the UK would have remained part of the European Union and therefore been unable to achieve the remarkable scale of vaccine rollout that is currently in place.

    The Prime Minister also mocked Mr Slaughter’s slip of the tongue as the Labour MP made reference to January 19 instead of July 19 during his rant.

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    Brexit news: Lord Frost faced questions from the Northern Ireland Assembly last week (Image: Stormont Assembly)

    1.30pm update: ‘War of attrition!’ British fishermen warn of decades of feuds with French over Brexit

    British fishermen are braced for a decades-long “war of attrition” with their European counterparts over post-Brexit fishing rights.

    The industry warned it expects EU-UK relations to turn “toxic” in future negotiations over access to our coastal waters.

    This will likely see the return of ugly scenes witnessed off Jersey earlier this year when Navy gunships had to be called in to monitor 60 French boats as they descended on the isle’s main port.

    The post-Brexit fisheries agreement, signed on Christmas Eve last year, deprived France, and other European countries, of a significant part of their catch.

    12.02pm update: Liz Truss pitches US-UK trade deal to Silicon Valley during Brexit Britain charm offensive

    International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has pitched a US-UK trade deal to Silicon Vally tech tycoons during a goodwill tour of the United States.

    Liz Truss has set out to charm US tech pioneers with a pitch about how a future UK-US free trade agreement could become the gold standard for global digital trade.

    During the five-day tour, the International Trade Secretary is due to meet Silicon Valley businesses and investors to discuss opportunities for Global Britain after Brexit.

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    Brexit news: Trade post-Brexit (Image: Express)

    10.39am update: Fishing fury: ‘Betrayed’ fishermen ‘want answers’ as Brexit row boils over

    MPs have warned fishers across the UK risk “devastation” to their industry due to the impact of the Brexit trade deal as the Government has insisted “there is a bright future ahead of us”.

    In a Commons debate, MPs flagged the Scottish seafood industry is “drowning in bureaucracy and red tape”, and faces an “existential threat”.

    Fishing crews across the UK have voiced outrage over the Brexit trade deal with the EU.

    Deidre Brock, SNP MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, said fishing had taken “a huge skelping” in a Commons debate on the future of fisheries.

    The MP continued to say the “sea of opportunity” promised by the Tories has “turned to sludge” as MPs from around the UK repeatedly raised the sense of “betrayal” felt by the fishing sector.

    9.44am update: Investment minister praised Asia growth 

    This year, Asian investors have poured in £1.7billion into the UK economy. 

    Commenting on the news, Lord Gerry Grimstone praised the new growth as the UK continues to tilt back to the Asia-Pacific region. 

    He said: “Great to see investors in Asia have poured more than £1.7bn into UK tech this year already.

    “Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia & China all paving the way plus new partnerships with sovereign wealth funds in UAE & Qata.”

    9am update: Liz Truss meets with US officials to strengthen trade 

    Liz Truss met with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai to strengthen trade between the two countries on Tuesday. 

    Together the two discussed boosting the £196billion trade relationship, to end unfair trade practices and progress on cooperation on large civil aircraft. 

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    Brexit news: A timeline of events leading to the UK’s exit (Image: Express)

    7.51am update: Brexit Britain’s green revolution: New report shows major shift could create 200,000 jobs

    Brexit Britain’s growing green revolution could be set for a huge boost after a new report revealed a 10 percent shift in food retail towards a more sustainable and local system could result in up to 200,000 new jobs.

    The latest report from food and farming charity Sustain and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), entitled The Case for Local, claim the huge move could support a green economic recovery and restore nature.

    They are urging Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party Government to use post-Brexit investment funds to fill local food infrastructure gaps in order to drive through numerous environmental and social benefits.

    The charities’ report defines “local” as food that is produced within a short distance of where it is consumed.

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