Farage challenges Rees-Mogg on improving Brexit deal
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Former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has put Jacob Rees-Mogg on the spot over the terms of the Brexit fisheries deal the British Government had agreed with the European Union in December 2020. Britain’s fishing industry has repeatedly expressed its disappointment with Boris Johnson’s agreement, noting fishermen had hoped to secure more freedom from the limits imposed under EU membership.
Speaking on GB news, MR Farage commented: “We’ve got Boris and we’ve got Brexit done.
“It’s not perfect, the fishermen are angry. Really angry.
“And if you drove from your constituency an hour and a half, two hours southwest to Brixton market, I recommend you don’t at the moment, they really are jolly angry about where it’s worked out.”
He continued: “But constitutionally we finished up with Northern Ireland.
“It’s been effectively annexed. What are we going to do Jacob to sort that out?
“Are we got to sort out Northern Ireland because if we don’t, I do fear the knock-on for the rest of the unions quite significant?”
Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “Northern Ireland is a fundamental part of our country.
“It still is and you cannot allow the European Union to extract Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom.”
Last month, fishing representative bodies accused the Prime Minister of a “betrayal” and for weaving a “tale of woe, very far away from the sea of opportunity that some spoke about”.
Barrie Deas, chief executive of the NFFO believed that the agreement signed with the EU had been a “sell-out”.
Under plans outlined in the deal, EU fishing quota in UK waters will be reduced by 15 percent in the first year and 2.5 percentage points each year after.
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Felixstowe fisherman James White told the Sunday Mirror: “They can increase the quota a hundredfold and we won’t be able to catch more.
“These fish don’t exist.”
The British Government have claimed that £146m worth of the fishing quota was taken back from the EU under the Brexit withdrawal agreement, t
Last month Fisheries Minister Victoria Prentis confirmed the Government valued the 2021 post-Brexit North Sea sole quota boost at £13m and £18.8m for plaice.
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