Brexit news: Brits rage at Boris over fishing move: ‘Not doing what he was elected to do’ | Politics | News

Fury erupted after the Africa and Zeeland – two of the world’s largest fishing vessels – were seen just 15 miles off the Cornish coast for several days over the past week. Jayne Adye, director of pro-Brexit campaign group Get Britain Out, said: “Both are registered in the Netherlands and, for some obscure reason, have been issued licenses to fish in UK waters. They are both well over 100 meters long and use nets that can be the size of six football pitches.

She added: “Such large vessels indiscriminately catch large numbers of fish at once, of all species and sizes, regardless of the damage this must cause to the fish stocks of this country as well as to the general biodiversity of UK waters.”

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) had authorized the two vessels to fish here, she claimed.

In addition, seven other EU-registered supertrawlers were operating with the blessing of the UK government.

A Defra spokesperson said: “As an independent coastal state, we can now review which vessels, including supertrawlers, can access and fish in our waters.

“The new licensing framework in the Fisheries Act allows us to apply conditions to the activities of all fishing vessels in our waters – regardless of their nationality – and will have to comply with UK sustainability rules. and access to our “blue belt” of water protection.

But the latest sparked a furious response from the British, who launched a blistering attack on Mr Johnson and his government.

Alanwalton, reader of Express.co.uk, said: “It’s one of the many reasons why he has to go because he’s been useless.”

Fellow reader harrymc mocked the Prime Minister’s repeated promise that the UK would regain control after Brexit.

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Gezzer said: “He keeps making mistake after mistake and not learning from past lessons.

“It’s just another one of them.”

The Express Liberated UK reader simply said: ‘He just needs to go now.’

Elsewhere, Irish Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney has stepped up pressure on his British counterpart Liz Truss by saying he wants to see an agreement on the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol reached by the end of February.

It comes after Ms Truss held her first meeting with European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic since she resumed Brexit talks following the shock resignation of Lord Frost last month.

Mr Coveney acknowledged the meeting marked a ‘reset’ in relations between the EU and UK negotiating teams, which are now ‘in a better place than we have seen for some time’ .

He said: “From my conversations with both parties, I think this process will be very serious.

“I think in people’s minds, really, we’d like to see if possible these issues resolved by the end of February so that the Northern Ireland election can go ahead without being dominated by protocol issues, until election day.

“Elections in the North often polarize enough business without having the added complexity and tension around the Protocol and its implementation.

“So I think everyone is aware of their responsibility to try to bring some stability and certainty to Northern Ireland in the context of Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol.”

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