Brexit deal has ‘smashed people’s dreams’ says fishing boss
France’s Junior Minister for European Union Affairs Clement Beaune claimed the UK still ”needs to follow the bloc’s rules to maintain access to its market” after securing a trade deal on Christmas Eve. In an interview with Bloomberg, he added: “The UK has secured in this deal access to EU markets which we were ready to provide for.
“But respecting in many respects our rules and our standards which limits our ability to be fully sovereign.
“It’s a balance that shows and I think in a way that is a great situation because they will have access to the markets but they will not decide on the roots of this big EU markets.
“So I think it’s much better and we should demonstrate it insisting it to be within the club and to be able to decide on these rules.
“With the trade deal that marked Britain’s departure from the EU on Dec. 31 they will have access on the markets, but they will not decide on the rules.
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“It’s much better to be within the club and to be able to decide on these rules.”
It comes as International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said poorer countries will be offered “more generous” terms to trade with the UK post-Brexit under a new “emerging markets” scheme.
She told the Commons tonight: “Trade is the key not just to prosperity but also peace and co-operation between nations, and I want to reassure the House that we’re going to ensure that no country is left behind without the benefits of free and fair trade with the United Kingdom.
“Later this year we’ll be launching an emerging markets trade scheme which will offer the lowest-income countries a better deal when they’re trading with the UK. It’ll be more generous than the EU scheme, and it’ll help those countries on to the ladder towards prosperity through the enterprise and ingenuity of their people.”
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European fishing dependence on British waters (Image: Express)
Boris Johnson is facing demands to publish the exact cost of the Brexit divorce bill amid claims the final pay-out will be much higher than previously anticipated.
Former Brexit Party MP Ben Habib urged the Prime Minister to “come clean” after emerged the EU’s demands for just one part of the settlement had soared by £2.6billion in two years. Facts4EU.Org said UK taxpayers had paid the EU an eye-watering £41billion since voting to quit the bloc in 2016.
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John Redwood has shamed the BBC by claiming the broadcaster favours “people hostile to Brexit” with continued negative coverage of the UK leaving the EU.
The MP for Wokingham accused the corporation of appearing to show “what might go wrong” now the UK’s transition period with the bloc has ended.
Mr Redwood added the BBC seemed to be biased towards those who supported remaining in the EU.
He wrote on Twitter: “Without bad news on Brexit, the BBC now regularly makes news out of predictions of what might go wrong in the future.
“Try reporting what is happening, not what people hostile to Brexit think might happen.”
Ireland’s fishing industry faces collapse over Brexit deal (Image: Getty)
Brexit and Boris Johnson have saved lives, a Tory MP has claimed, as the UK pushes forward with its coronavirus vaccine strategy.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Tory MP for Dudley North, Marco Longhi, has claimed the UK’s independence from the EU has allowed the Prime Minister to implement his vaccine strategy much more smoothly than on the continent.
While the UK approved the Pfizer/BioNtech on December 2, the EU only began its own programme on December 27.
Since then, the bloc has not only been accused of being too slow to approve the Pfizer drug but also for its poor implementation strategy.
The European Union could be left isolated with China after the bloc made a “mistake” in signing a pact with the secretive nation, Chair of the Defence Select Committee Tobias Ellwood has told Express.co.uk.
In what has been described as a “win for China,” the EU agreed on terms for an investment deal with Beijing following a video call between President Xi Jinping and bloc leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) into the EU has increased exponentially over the last few years, primarily directed to the strategic areas of infrastructure and high technology and the deal seeks to strengthen these ties further.
The European Commission dubbed the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) as “the most ambitious agreement China has ever concluded with a third country,” but Mr Ellwood believes it was signed “prematurely” and could leave the bloc isolated.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Image: Getty)
6.45pm update: Brexiteer Bridgen hails post-Brexit CANZUK trade bloc plans
Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen called on the Prime Minister to agree to a free trading agreement with Canada, Australia and New Zealand that would see freedom of movement instated between the four nations.
Speaking to Sky News Australia, the Tory MP said the new CANZUK trade bloc would become the fourth biggest trading bloc in the world post-Brexit.
He said: “We’ve got deals coming in almost every day.
“I think we’ve done 62 free trade deal with countries around the world while we’ve been negotiating with the European Union.”
John Bercow has furiously lashed out at Brexiteers who accused him of disrupting the Brexit process.
Former House of Commons Speaker John Bercow insisted that he had little to no regrets as House Speaker during the Brexit process.
While speaking to Ayesha Hazarika on Times Radio, Mr Bercow insisted he did not feel he had been undemocratic or had attempted to thwart the people.
He argued that it was very unclear what the will of the people was and insisted the Government was very unsure about what Brexit meant following the vote.
John Bercow, former Speaker of the House of Commons (Image: Getty)
4.45pm update: Hauliers fear post-Brexit checks backlog as demand increases
Hauliers are warning that freight delays will escalate this week as more firms attempt to send lorries abroad.
Rod McKenzie, director of policy and public affairs at the Road Haulage Association (RHA), said he is “very worried” about the impact of post-Brexit customs checks when cross-Channel trips reaching normal levels by Wednesday.
4.15pm update: Boris urged to move on distance waters fishing deals
An MP has urged the Prime Minister to step in as the trawler which normally catches up to 10% of all the fish sold in the UK’s fish and chip shops remain tied up in port waiting for new distant-waters fishing deals.
Hull East MP Karl Turner said it seems the Government “is hell-bent on putting the last nail in the coffin of distant-waters fishing” as the 100-strong crew of Kirkella wait for negotiations to be completed with Norway and others.
Kirkella – which has been described as the pride of the UK’s distant-waters fishing fleet – has been tied up in St George’s Dock, Hull, since returning from its last trip at the beginning of December.
Downing Street has hit back after the EU claimed Britain was responsible for musicians being denied visa-free access to the continent for tours.
Over the weekend, an EU source accused the UK of rejecting a “standard” proposal which would have exempted the artists from needing to get a work permit.
Performers have expressed outrage they have will have to apply for visas and have said it could lead to the cancellation of international tours.
Guy Verhofstadt, a Belgian politician and a former MEP (Image: Getty)
Guy Verhofstadt has ordered for a Brexit group to be investigated after Leave.eu changed address to Ireland in order to retain an EU domain name.
Leave.eu, the pro-Brexit lobby group, has transferred its website registration address to the European Union in a bid to avoid losing its .eu level domain.
The .eu suffix is reserved for EU citizens and entities, which now excludes 80,000 British websites.
Now, Brexit critic and MEP, Guy Verhofstadt, has urged the Commission to “closely investigate” whether all the criteria has been “fulfilled”.
Sir Keir Starmer is facing growing anger among Labour MPs at his handling of Brexit, with another backbencher lashing out at the party leader warning “policy by diktat rarely ends well”.
Clive Lewis, a former member of the party’s top team under Jeremy Corbyn, has vocally criticised Sir Keir after he dropped Labour’s pledge to bring back freedom of movement with the EU if he won a general election.
Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show yesterday the party leader said Labour would have to make the current Brexit trade deal “work” if in power.
Britain will notify New Zealand of its formal request to commence negotiations on acceding to the CPTPP within months, a Government adviser has told Express.co.uk.
For the last 48 years, EU membership constricted Britain’s ability to make its own decisions and set policies.
However, on January 1, the country finally put an end to eurosceptic frustration, regaining its independence.
The transition period came to an end, opening a new chapter for British national history that will hopefully see the return of a “global free-trading nation”.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (Image: PA)
Sir Keir Starmer has dropped a pledge to restart free movement under Labour in a major Brexit U-turn.
The opposition leader admitted he also does not believe there is now a case for rejoining the European Union.
Sir Keir promised he would allow EU nationals to move freely to the UK during his leadership campaign.
But he said yesterday he has no plans to push for a “major renegotiation” of the Brexit trade deal secured by Boris Johnson.
Reform UK, the new name for the Brexit Party, has announced a former Tory MSP as its leader in Scotland as it outlines its plan to take the fight to Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP.
Michelle Ballantyne, who quit the Scottish Tories last year, was unveiled by Reform Party chairman Richard Tice as the group’s leader north of the border.
Mr Tice described her as “a strong leader” and “someone who has courage, real life experience, integrity, and common sense”.
Brussels does not have Ireland’s best interests at heart, a fishing chief has warned in the wake of the post-Brexit deal struck by the EU and the UK.
He said the deal denies Irish fishermen the right to work in waters where they have traditionally operated for centuries.
Fishing was one of the key issues in talks (Image: PA)
The post-Brexit deal on access to Britain’s coastal waters is a continuation of the EU’s hated Common Fisheries Policy, a top eurocrat has claimed.
In a briefing with senior MEPs, the European Commission insisted the fisheries provisions in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement are based on the bloc’s existing legal frameworks.
Charlina Vitcheva, director general for maritime affairs and fisheries, said British negotiators had made a significant climbdown to accept an agreement based on the bloc’s CFP.
The Commission official added the EU’s loss of access in UK fishing grounds is “really very limited”.
Predictions for the new year 2021 offer a possible glimpse into the future after what has been a turbulent and chaotic 12 months.
Here are the top predictions for 2021 made by a leading British psychic.
The past 12 months have won the award for the “worst year ever” and predictions for 2021 might offer some much-needed respite.
Not only did 2020 see the coronavirus pandemic affect people in every corner of the globe, including an isolated station in Antarctica, but the year was chockfull of political upheaval, civil unrest and natural disasters.
In South America, the year began with devastating wildfires raging through the Amazon – fires that increased by 13 percent in the first nine months of 2020.
Brexit ‘was never about economics’ says Claire Fox
The European Union could see one member state feel increasingly isolated due to Brexit as an expert claimed both countries share “scepticism” concerning the centralisation of the bloc.
Denmark frequently aligned itself with the UK on a number of policies during debates in Brussels, and even joined the European bloc on the same day: January 1, 1973.
But with Brexit, the country loses a crucial ally within the EU.
This has led to political figures in Denmark and analysts highlighting the potential challenges that could face Copenhagen.
Social Democratic MEP Christel Schaldemose told DR in January last year, as the UK officially left the EU, that Brexit is “sad” for the country.
Brexit can still be reversed, France’s Minister for European Affairs has claimed in a clear indication the result of the 2016 referendum has not sunk in across the English Channel.
And Clement Beaune, a close ally of French President Emmanuel Macron, has also predicted future difficulties in the implementation of the trade deal unveiled by Boris Johnson on Christmas Eve in a number of key areas – including fishing, underlining France’s determination to protect the interests of its own industry.
Mr Beaune has been an outspoken critic of the UK’s decision to quit the bloc, having claimed the process was based on “lies” and accusing Prime Minister Boris Johnson of making a u-turn with the UK’s decision to pull out of Erasmus, the EU’s cultural programme for students.
Now he has floated the idea of Britain returning to the fold – less than a fortnight after Brexit was finalised.
France’s Minister for European Affairs Clement Beaune (Image: Getty)
8.45am update: Former Tory minister says Government’s appoach to immigration is ‘inhuman’
Former Conservative immigration minister Caroline Nokes has described the Government’s approach to immigration as “inhuman” and said it will ultimately cost taxpayers more money.
In an interview with the Independent, Ms Nokes accused ministers of “paying lip service” to Wendy Williams’ Lessons Learned report on the Windrush scandal, which occurred while she was in office.
Ms Nokes, the Tory MP for Romsey and Southampton North, said ministers had failed to prioritise people in Home Office policy, as recommended in the report, and described the department’s direction on immigration overall as “hideously wrong”.
She sharply criticised the approach to asylum seekers taken by current Home Secretary Priti Patel and minister Chris Philp, saying an increasingly “brutal” response risks “whipping up an unpleasant reaction to some very vulnerable people”, while creating legal and financial problems for ministers in the future.
“I don’t know where we go next from here. I think it’s a great shame that they aren’t being more compassionate towards some really vulnerable people,” the former minister said.
“We know these people are going to have had huge trauma. It fills me with horror that our supported asylum accommodation processes have gone so hideously wrong that they can’t even recognise that this is not a decent way to accommodate people,” Ms Nokes added.
“The Home Office went through so much pain over Windrush; the Home Secretary herself has described it as a stain on the Home Office.
“And yet it appears that we don’t care that putting asylum seekers in a camp with no water might also be regarded as a shameful stain on the Home Office.”
Former Tory minister Caroline Nokes (Image: Getty)
Nicola Sturgeon has launched on another anti-Brexit Twitter rant, prompting calls for the SNP leader to be banned from Twitter like US President Donald Trump was last week.
Brexiteers have called on the social media giant to suspend Ms Sturgeon’s account after Mr Trump was permanently banned on Friday after he allegedly breached the website’s rules.
Eurozone weakness is such that the EU’s single currency could fall apart if a “full fiscal and political union” is not adopted, a UK economist has warned.
Professor David Blake, Professor of Economics at City, University of London, said the monetary union’s problems were such that it was crucial for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to forge trade alliances within what the academic called the “Anglosphere” – while pushing for membership of the Trans-Pacific Partnership spearheaded by Japan.
In total, 19 of the EU27 countries are members of the eurozone, referring to the area in which the euro is used.
Since its inception 22 years ago, Prof Blake said the currency had been buffeted by a series of crises, in particular the Global Financial Crisis in 2007-08, the eurozone banking and sovereign debt crisis which began at the end of 2009, and the global coronavirus pandemic.