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EU can’t accept that! Brexit triggers chaos for German fishermen – risk spat with Norway

Brexit: Sandell hits out at ‘disgraceful’ lack of Norway deal

And Germany’s fishing industry has branded Norway “self-serving” – while appealing to Brussels to intervene, with one expert saying: “You cannot accept this.” The UK’s departure has prompted Oslo to unilaterally cut the EU’s fishing quota for cod and is aiming to do likewise with mackerel in a move which Norway’s Fiskeribladet website estimates could be worth an additional £100million.

Concerns over the knock-on effect their approach will have were outlined in a statement issued by the German Fisheries Association yesterday.

This warned: “Because the fish stock to be distributed is not growing, someone has to foot the bill for the self-serving behaviour of the Norwegians.

“It cannot be that the EU will accept that.”

Germany Angela Merkel

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel (Image: GETTY)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

The statement warned: “Since the total catches do not increase in the context of sustainable management, this would result in a permanent reduction in the EU’s fishing opportunities.”

The GFA fears an escalation by the end of August at the latest “because the EU fishermen from Germany, Spain, Portugal, France and Poland would by then have exhausted the quota that Norway still wants to grant them”, the GFA explained.

It added: “If the EU does not defend the legitimate rights of EU citizens in this situation, there is a risk of permanent losses of fishing rights with a total value of several hundred million euros per year.”

There is even a risk of ships from all five EU countries mentioned above being barred from Norway waters.

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Norway Arctic

Norway boats fish for cod in the Arctic (Image: GETTY)

Speaking last year, the country’s Fisheries Minister, Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, said: “If we do not get a deal by January 1, we will not open Norway’s economic fishing zones to vessels from the EU and Britain.

“Neither can we expect Norwegian vessels to get access to their (the EU’s and Britain’s) zones before a deal is in place.”

Such a ban has not yet transpired – but remains a possibility.

Germany’s fishing industry employs 40,000 people and lands more than over 1.2 million metric tons of fish annually.

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Kirkella, moored up in Hull (Image: UK Fisheries)

Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg, Norway’s PM (Image: GETTY)

Chancellor Angela Merkel is a member of the Bundestag for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, one of the German regions most heavily reliant on fishing.

The failure to strike a post-Brexit fishing deal with Norway – which has never been a member of the EU – also has serious implications for the UK fishing industry.

Kirkella, a distant water trawler belonging to Hull-based UK Fisheries, is currently tied up in port because it is not currently permitted to operate in Norwegian waters.

Speaking in April, CEO Jane Sandell said: “This is a very black day for Britain.

European fisheries mapped

European fisheries mapped (Image: Express)

“George Eustice owes our crews and the Humberside region an explanation as to why Defra was unable even to maintain the rights we have had to fish in Norwegian waters for decades, never mind land the boasts of a ‘Brexit Bonus’, which has turned to disaster.

“In consequence, there will be no British-caught Arctic cod sold through chippies for our national dish – it will all be imported from the Norwegians, who will continue to sell their fish products to the UK tariff-free while we are excluded from these waters.

“Quite simply, this is a disgrace and a national embarrassment.

“The UK wanted to be an independent coastal state, but the only beneficiaries of Brexit will turn out to be a handful of Scottish pelagic fishing barons.

Fishing boats Germany

Fishing boats in Northern Germany (Image: GETTY)

“Everyone else – including much of the UK domestic fleet and the people who work in it, will lose out.”

Jeremy Percy, chairman of the New Under Tens Fisherman’s Association (NUFTA), told Express.co.uk at the time: “‘Dog’s breakfast’ sums it up really.

“The whole EU Exit with regard to fisheries has been a complete debacle from beginning to end.

“Our negotiators have yet to secure a long term deal with the EU on quotas or with Norway.”

(Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg)

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Help! How Do I Accept That I’m Burned Out?

In her final column, Megan lays down some hard truths about work exhaustion.

Dear OOO,

I’ve been sort of going through the motions at my job for several months now. For a while, I couldn’t quite figure out what was up, because I’ve always liked my job and been enthusiastic about doing it, but when I started reading all these stories about burnout it hit me: That’s what I’m experiencing. I work in media, so it’s not like I’m saving lives, but it’s been a stressful year between the pandemic, financial pressures at my company, the difficulty of working at home with kids, and the challenges of managing people who are also burned out. I talked to my boss, who I like, about it. He encouraged me to take an extra week off, which I did. Now that I’m back at work, though, I still feel burned out. I can’t quit my job, because I’m the source of health insurance for my family, so how do I cure myself?


Stories about burnout, you say? Have there been stories about burnout this year? I guess I remember a thinkpiece or two, a historical lookback, a few oddly framed trend pieces, a big reported feature, and ohmygod so many how-to stories. (I’ve repressed at least a dozen others; it’s actually illegal to send me more.) Nearly all of them made me feel something on the spectrum between annoyed and furious, either because they were dismissive or overly glib about the concept or because their suggested solutions made no sense.

For a while I kept getting Google News alerts for my name because, as a person who quit my job in April 2021 and made the mistake of using the b-word in my tweet, I somehow became a data point in a handful of these stories, despite exactly zero of their writers asking me for comment. I am so burned out on Burnout Discourse that I ignored multiple questions about burnout submitted to this very column. I also ignored multiple friends who suggested I write about burnout instead of just ranting about how everyone else got it wrong. I literally got a request to be on a panel about burnout while writing this column.

At one point, frustrated with another bad burnout article, I deleted a bunch of spicy tweets and instead decided to channel my energy toward setting up office hours for journalists in need of free coaching. I’ve since done about 50 of these sessions, and the word burnout has come up in at least 40 of them. So as bad as I think Burnout Discourse is, I also recognize there’s a real problem here. So here we are, at my last OOO advice column, and I’ve finally caved.

One thing I’ve noticed about people’s descriptions of their own burnout is that they tend to list all the reasons they don’t “deserve” to feel burned out. One woman a few years out of college was working basically round the clock writing articles she found tremendously unfulfilling, but she was sheepish about calling her exhaustion burnout, because she felt like she hadn’t been working long enough to qualify. One guy apologized for using the word because he was making a high salary by media standards. And you, Katie, feel compelled to qualify your legit stressors by establishing that your job isn’t as important as health care workers’.

All of these hesitations, though, are bullshit—and bullshit that makes our lives worse. Being burned out is not some deranged badge of honor. That means you don’t need to earn it. But when people are told over and over again through dumb articles and even dumber tweets that burnout isn’t “real” or that it doesn’t apply to white-collar workers or that they’re too young to know what actual suffering is, they’re inclined to bottle up and delegitimize their feelings rather than take concrete steps to change their circumstances. And yes, of course the word has become a catchall that means wildly different things to different people, but that’s a feature, not a bug. Part of the reason it was odd to see my own experience used in all these stories was that people made assumptions about what “burnout” looked like for me and thus passed judgment accordingly, without actually having any idea. (Never tweet, is what I’m saying.)

So then, what do we do? I pretty much agree with Olga Khazan’s take that bosses need to step up to solve people’s burnout by fixing the factors that lead them to feel exhausted by work. And an extra week off, while a nice idea, is a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound. That said, it’s also overly simplistic to say that only your boss can cure your burnout. For one thing, all the best bosses I know are pretty burned out themselves—the good ones have spent months if not years preventing the boulder from rolling down the mountain and flattening their employees. I’m also skeptical that a top-down approach is always the only way to solve cultural issues at work; in my experience, many of the best ideas come from people without management responsibilities.

But most fundamentally, I think curing burnout requires resetting your own relationship with work. Many of us have worked many more hours during the pandemic—not because our jobs truly required us to do so, but because we sometimes don’t know what to do when we’re not working. And so many of us define ourselves so completely by our work that we’ll sacrifice our own sanity long before sacrificing our ambition or scaling down our grueling schedules. Your boss can’t solve that for you, but you know what can? Good therapy. If you don’t have a therapist you love, find one right now. Talk to them about why you feel burned out and what steps you can take to fix it without anyone else’s help. Excavating the depths of your own relationship with work is hard and often terrible, but unfortunately it actually helps.

Meanwhile, redouble your efforts to find fulfillment outside of work. I know that can sound impossible when you’ve got kids to worry about, but I genuinely believe you’ll be a better parent as well as a saner person if you can devote some time to things that make you purely happy. That might mean picking up a new hobby, but it could also be about volunteering your time to a cause that’s important to you—for me, working with low-income teenage journalists has been a uniquely restorative experience.

Lastly, remember that your current job and the unemployment line are not your only options, Katie. Maybe you’re burned out in part because you don’t like your job anymore, which is fine! Looking at listings and chatting with people in your network about opportunities they know of can be fun and exciting, and it doesn’t commit you to anything. Fantasize a little about what you’d really love to be doing! See if anything starts to feel right. Then, you can start to make it happen.

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Author: Megan Greenwell
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Bitcoin REJECTED: UK shouldn't accept crypto as currency, says poll – 'It crashes hard'

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Since 2017, the UK Government has warned bitcoin is unregulated and that it should be treated as a ‘foreign currency’ for most purposes. Currently, when bitcoin is exchanged for sterling or for foreign currencies, such as euro or dollar, no VAT will be due on the value of the bitcoins themselves.

After El Salvador became the first country in the world to approve the cryptocurrency as legal tender, Express.co.uk asked: “Should the UK accept cryptocurrency as official currency?”

The poll – which ran from 12pm yesterday to 7am today – received 1,287 votes and 72 percent (928) of voters said bitcoin should not be accepted as currency in the UK.

Just 27 percent (342) said the cryptocurrency should be, while only one percent (17) voted they don’t know.

One Express.co.uk said: “Absolutely not.

Bitcoin should not become official UK currency

Bitcoin should not become official UK currency (Image: Getty)

Bitcoin should not become official UK currency

Bitcoin should not become official UK currency (Image: Express)

“It’s built on a constantly collapsing Pyramid scheme model.

“And when it crashes it crashes hard.

“Nothing you want in a traditional currency.”

Someone else commented: “Accepting a digital currency is a fatal step towards losing the real one in your hand, pocket & wallet, as the powers that be want to control you with a cashless society.

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Bitcoin should not be official UK currency

Bitcoin should not be official UK currency (Image: Getty)

“We must not accept it.”

Another reader said: “No, we would all be at the mercy of cybercriminals.”

A fourth person wrote: “A UK digital currency is bad enough, bitcoin is for the chancers.”

Another added: “No! A virtual ‘currency’ wholly unsupported by any ‘asset value’ other than a fictional ‘worth’ (freely manipulated by the likes of Elon Musk at his whim) can never replace a sovereign currency!”

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Britons opposed to introducing bitcoin as currency

Britons opposed to introducing bitcoin as currency (Image: Getty)

While someone else wrote: “Thought they were trying to save energy and going green.

“And China is sacking miners because of the horrendous energy they are using.”

Others argued how cryptocurrencies are for “drug dealers and other scam artists” to use.

One person said: “No, we would all be at the mercy of cybercriminals.”

Bitcoin should not be UK currency

Bitcoin should not be UK currency (Image: Getty)

However, others saw the benefit of introducing cryptocurrency as an official UK currency.

One person said: “Cryptocurrency is an umbrella term so it’s a bit of an odd title.

“My answer is yes, cryptocurrency should be used.

“It’s better than salt trading, and pieces of paper that we currently use (although infrequently, as only one percent of money is actually minted).

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

“I don’t like the three percent fee I get with visa for an international trade.

“Criminals love to use the older form of money.

“Look at Venezuela, cash is printed left right and centre by the criminal government.”

They added: “People aren’t excited by the unknown, they hate it and when it becomes the known, they become obsessed with it and can’t live without it.

Bitcoin should not be UK currency

Bitcoin should not be UK currency (Image: Getty)

“People also don’t learn from history which is why they are condemned to repeat it.”

Back in February, London was advised to embrace bitcoin in a post-Brexit Britain as the UK looked to find new ways to thrive outside of the EU.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the EU won’t be Brexit Britain’s main competition.

He said EU financial capitals may “nick a bit of business here and there from the City”, but that they will not challenge London’s status as Europe’s global financial capital.

Bitcoin should not be UK currency

Bitcoin should not be UK currency (Image: Getty)

Mr Raab added: “The boss of Barclays has been saying recently how the long-term position of the UK is unparalleled, unrivalled.

“The crucial question for the EU, while it may be able if you like to nick a bit of business here or there from the City, but the problem is the measures they will take to achieve this will undermine their own competitiveness.

“The challenge to London as a global financial centre around the world will come from Tokyo, New York and other areas rather than those European hubs. Particularly if they start to erect barriers to trade and investment.”

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Local Texas Democratic party declines to accept resignation of chair who called U.S. Sen Tim Scott an “oreo”

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