Brexit: Expert warns UK has to be ‘innovative’Seafood exporters have complained of complex paperwork, with up to 71 pages per truck, now being requ
Brexit: Expert warns UK has to be ‘innovative’
Seafood exporters have complained of complex paperwork, with up to 71 pages per truck, now being required for exports to the continent. Former Brexit Party MEP Lance Forman, who runs a smoked salmon delivery company, argued this typifies “why the EU economy is dying”.
Responding to a BBC story about difficulties being faced, he said: “Pure protectionism.
“How is it on 31/12 our fish is ok to eat yet on 1/1 it is unfit?
“How is it that the EU fishermen are desperate to fish our ‘uncertified’ waters?
“This mad bureaucracy is why the EU economy is dying.
“This mad bureaucracy is why the EU economy is dying”
Brexit has added extra barriers to exporting seafood to Europe
“We need to lead the world in deregulating & FREE TRADE.”
The UK’s new trade deal with the EU, negotiated by Boris Johnson, came into effect at 23:00 on December 31.
Prior to this Britain had full access to EU markets, but still had to pay into Brussels coffers and implement EU rules, during the Brexit transition period.
Under the deal agreed by Mr Johnson, the EU will hand back 25 percent of the value of its current fishing catch from UK waters by summer 2026.
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Lance Forman is a former Brexit Party MEP
From this point, there will be “no theoretical limit” to how much British boats can take but excluding EU boats completely could trigger retaliatory measures.
However, there has been a big increase in the level of paperwork required to export to the EU, resulting in substantial delays during which some fish have started to rot.
Last month shellfish lorry drivers in their vehicles protested in Westminster claiming the new rules were ruining their businesses.
One truck had “Brexit carnage” and “Incompetent government destroying shellfish industry written along the side”.
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Seafood exporters to the EU now face considerably more paperwork
Gary Hodgson, who runs Venture Seafoods, commented: “We strongly feel the system could potentially collapse.
“Boris Johnson needs to be honest with us, with himself and with the British public about the problems for the industry.”
He claimed one seafood exporter now has to complete 400 pages of paperwork per week to enter the EU.
When Britain was part of the European single market seafood exporters only needed a short delivery note, including invoices, to access the European market.
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However, they must now complete catch certificates, export health certificates and register their business as an “approved establishment” with the EU.
Speaking to the BBC Charlie Samways, owner of a Dorset fish merchant, said: “It’s slow, it’s outdated, it’s challenging in a number of ways we never expected.”
Speaking to Express.co.uk Nigel Farage, former Brexit Party leader, said: “The fishing deal, it’s so awful it’s not true.
Boris Johnson’s new Brexit trade deal came into effect at the end of last year
“We still have French, Dutch, Belgium trawlers fishing up to six miles from the Kent shoreline in pretty much an unregulated manner, and there isn’t much we can do about it. That’s unacceptable.
“We still have the factory ships operating in the Channel catching hundreds of thousands a day of herrings, mackerel, all those fish that make up vital parts of the food chain.”
Fishing is worth around £0.4bn per year to the UK economy, versus £49.1bn for the car industry.