Blog: Brexit: French fishermen protest over restricted access to Jersey waters after October 1st – EU Today

Brexit: French fishermen protest over restricted access to Jersey waters after October 1st

A fresh protest over post-Brexit rights for fishing vessels to access Jersey’s waters has been held in France, The BBC reports.

More than 100 fishermen gathered on Armanville beach in Normandy on Saturday, where the power cable which supplies the Channel Island lands. The protest is the latest in a dispute over access to Jersey’s waters for French fishing boats.

They gathered to express frustration at plans to restrict access to the number of vessels from October 1st.

They said nothing has been done and they feared they will lose their livelihoods, if Government of Jersey restrictions over how many days they can fish and what equipment they can use are introduced as planned.

In May, dozens of boats blockaded St Helier harbour in protest, a move which saw Royal Navy ships deployed to monitor the situation.

This move followed the intervention of French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin, who threatened to cut off Jersey’s electricity over the restrictions initially introduced in May.

Negotiations over fishing rights under the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), signed ahead of Brexit in December 2020 are ongoing, after a further three month delay in July, and are based around fishing vessels being able to demonstrate a history of operating in Jersey waters between 2017 and 2020.

Currently, 48 fishing vessels from France larger than 12m will be licensed to fish in Jersey waters once the scheme begins.

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Blog: State Support Available to Hungarian Companies Facing Difficulties as a Result of Brexit – Hungary Today

Applications for state support can be submitted between October 11 and 15 by Hungarian companies that face difficulties as a result of Brexit, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Saturday.

Péter Szijjártó said on Facebook that the government had decided hardly a week ago not to wait for the European Union procedure which could extend for four years but offer support to Hungarian companies in trouble this year already.

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“We have decided to advance the funds from national coffers and provide a bid opportunity to companies facing difficulties because of Brexit,” Szijjártó said.Continue reading

“Extended transfer is no solution right now, there is no time to wait because the economy will soon recover and our interest is that Hungarian companies should be well-capitalised and be able to take the best possible starting position now for the new global economic competition,” he said.

A 22 billion forint (EUR 63m) allocation set up by the EU will be made available now from state resources to all Hungarian companies that are willing to carry out investment to boost exports despite the difficulties that result from Brexit, Szijjártó said.

The main conditions for support have been published already a detailed announcement will be made on October 1, after which date Hungarian companies will have ten days to prepare their applications, he said.

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Blog: Britain may revert back to imperial system as part of plans to ‘capitalise on new Brexit freedoms’ – Business Insider South Africa

  • The UK announced plans on Thursday to reevaluate leftover laws from the European Union.
  • The government said it will review the EU ban on imperial units and legislate “in due course.”
  • The EU-imposed metric system has “long been a flashpoint for anti-EU campaigners,” i news said.
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The UK is considering reverting back to the imperial system, the weight and measurement system that uses pounds and ounces, as part of it’s efforts to “capitalise on the freedoms from Brexit,” according to the British government.

In statement issued Thursday, the UK said thousands of European Union laws that the UK retained after Brexit “will be scrutinised by the Government to ensure they are helping the UK to thrive as a modern, dynamic, independent country and foster innovation across the British economy.”

The announcement said the government will be considering laws that have an impact on technology, transportation, and agriculture. It also said it would be “reviewing the EU ban on markings and sales in imperial units and legislating in due course, none of which were possible within the EU.”

Under the EU, supermarkets in the UK were required to list measurements for fruits and vegetables in the metric system, such as grams and kilograms, starting in 1994. However, the EU allowed Britain to use imperial measurements alongside metric, according to The New York Times.

Most of the world uses the metric system of weights and measurements. The US uses the imperial system.

UK newspaper i news said the EU-imposed metric system has “long been a flashpoint for anti-EU campaigners.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson campaigned on a promise of reverting to the imperial system, saying in 2019 the change would be part of “an era of generosity and tolerance towards traditional measurements,” according to The Week.

With the announcement on Thursday, David Frost, the UK’s Brexit chief, said “overbearing regulations were often conceived and agreed in Brussels with little consideration of the UK national interest,” i news reported.

“We now have the opportunity to do things differently and ensure that Brexit freedoms are used to help businesses and citizens get on and succeed,” Frost said.

Critics have said changes to such rules seem insignificant in light of the difficulties businesses are having filling positions, driven “in part because of the exodus of European Union immigrants since the vote to leave the bloc,” The New York Times reported.

Other changes to back to pre-EU times have also been celebrated by the pro-Brexit crowd, including the UK reverting back to blue-colored passports last year, replacing the burgundy color used by EU countries.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said at the time the blue passport will “once again be entwined with our national identity,” the BBC reported.