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As part of his Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the Prime Minister accepted the Northern Ireland Protocol, which introduced customs controls on goods traveling between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK United. These exasperated trade unionists who claim that he is undermining the British union.
He also approved a fisheries deal that allows EU vessels to retain much of their access to UK waters until at least 2026.
Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib criticized Mr Johnson’s record on Twitter.
He posted: “The WA [Withdrawal Agreement] and TCA has abandoned Northern Ireland, our fishing industry and our ability as a country to forge our own independent course.
“All this to protect 20% of our GDP in traded goods.
“80% of GDP, in services, left without agreement. The best deal was no deal.
The post received 144 retweets and over 300 likes.
Mr Johnson had said that a ‘border on the Irish Sea’ would only occur ‘on my corpse’.
However, under its Brexit trade deal, concluded last December, controls are imposed on some products.
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Following outrage in London, Dublin and Belfast, he was forced to back down.
Under the terms of the trade deal, EU fishing vessels will abandon 25% of their catch in UK waters by 2026.
After that, Britain could theoretically exclude them, although that would risk retaliatory tariffs.
Dozens of French fishing boats protested off Jersey earlier this month.
They claimed that increased bureaucracy had reduced their access to the island’s fishing waters since Brexit.
The protest was monitored by two Royal Navy warships.
Previously, the UK was subject to the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.
France would threaten to block a financial services deal between the UK and the EU unless Britain makes concessions on fisheries.
While the UK has granted equivalency to European financial institutions after Brexit, allowing them to negotiate unhindered, the EU has not reciprocated.
The fishery was worth £ 437m to the UK economy in 2019, compared to £ 126bn for financial services.