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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 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

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.

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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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Michelle Dewberry's spat with drinks firm after they pull GB News ads

GB News presenter Michelle Dewberry has got into a row with a popular drinks brand after they pulled their adverts from the news channel.

Kopparberg, which makes the popular brand of ciders, has withdrawn their series of adverts from the channel, which launched on Sunday evening, after claiming the adverts ran “without our knowledge or consent.”

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Following a tweet which aimed to support advertisers on the channel, which has come under fire from some who are dubious about its ‘anti-woke’ stance, the drinks company instead, seemingly misunderstanding the pro-GB News tweet, responded by saying: “Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

“We want to make it clear to everyone that our ad ran on this channel without our knowledge or consent.

“Kopparberg is a drink for everyone and we have immediately suspended our ads from this channel pending further review of its content.”

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Michelle, the former Apprentice winner who hails from Hull and is fronting her own show, Dewbs&Co, was clearly unimpressed and tweeted to her 114k followers: “Imagine being @KopparbergUK and saying with a straight face that ‘you are a drink for everyone’ and then wanting to pull ads from a section of viewers.

“Either you are indeed a ‘drink for everyone’ or you’re not.”

Many of Michelle’s followers jumped in to support her stance and vowed to boycott Kopparberg.

One posted: “I think you will discover that @GBNEWS is a channel for everyone. I would be interested to hear a thorough explanation if you find otherwise.

“In the meantime I have just returned 24 bottles Kopparberg to the supermarket and swapped them for Bulmers.”

Another wrote: “If you boycott this show, a perfectly balanced, unbiased, media network, I will boycott your brand and I’m almost certain I’m responsible for at least a third of Kopparberg sales in the UK.”

A third said: “What an outrageous response! I have one bottle of Kopparberg left in my fridge and it will be my last. These vile companies that don’t believe in free speech or freedom of thought do not deserve our custom.”

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Theresa May's 'weakness' blamed as 'source of problem' behind bitter Brexit spat with EU

Theresa May's 'weakness' blamed as 'source of problem' behind bitter Brexit spat with EU

Under the terms of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, customs checks take place on some goods travelling between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The move has infuriated unionists who argue it undermines British sovereignty.

However, Patrick O’Flynn, a former UKIP MEP, argued Mrs May’s “weakness” was the real reason the concession was made.

He tweeted: “Theresa May supporters today berating Johnson and Frost for the faults of the Northern Ireland Protocol is a bit rich.

“The source of the problem was May’s weakness at the negotiating table having given away UK leverage and narrowed options.”

Earlier this year the EU launched legal action against the UK after the British Government unilaterally delayed imposing some customs checks.

Talks between the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost and the EU’s Marcos Sefcovic ended on Wednesday without agreement.

Edwin Poots, the new DUP leader, tweeted: “The engagement between Lord Frost and Maros Sefcovic has been described as ‘frank but more talking is not what Northern Ireland needs.

“We need the NI Protocol to be removed.

“If Brussels is deaf to the problems, then our Government must act unilaterally to protect Northern Ireland.”

On Twitter Mr O’Flynn argued the Northern Ireland Protocol should be scrapped unless Brussels compromises.

He commented: “Frost has proved a tough negotiator – he needs to be so again.

“The prospect of the UK just dumping the protocol should give sufficient leverage to force the EU to radically improve it.

“If not then clearly the UK should scrap it.”

Britain formally left the EU in January 2020, with Mr Johnson’s new Brexit trade deal taking effect at the end of December.

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