Brexit news: Brexiteers demand MORE after 5 years – as fishermen give up | Politics | New
Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of the historic referendum of June 23, 2016. Brexit has been a lifelong ambition for many, but the reality is only in its infancy as the UK did not officially leave the bloc until December 31, 2020. The Withdrawal Agreement Brexit and the trade deal helped the UK become a sovereign nation again and regain control of its money, laws and borders.
However, many argue that the UK has not fully benefited from being freed from bloc chains, according to a poll by Express.co.uk readers.
An online poll asked 37,742 readers: did you think the UK would now have more Brexit freedoms?
A whopping 63 percent (23,635) of those polled think the UK should be in a better position and voted ‘yes’.
Less than a third, 30 percent (11,450) disagreed and voted “no”.
Meanwhile, the remaining seven percent (2,657) remained uncertain and said they did not know.
A number of readers have made their views known in the comments section of the poll’s story.
One user wrote: “What am I thinking… we have only been out for 6 months. Things don’t move that fast. It means constant negotiation and let’s face it, the French and Germans are doing their best to sabotage Brexit.
Another said: “We didn’t need to negotiate when no deal gave us full control of our future. “
A third said: “It was never going to be easy to leave the EU. Whether we went to the WTO or down the road to a trade deal, it was going to be difficult, and I always knew we could do it. That’s why Great Britain is great.
Fishing became one of the unexpected stumbling blocks and threatened to derail the broader trade deal with the EU.
Britain has negotiated its exit from the unilateral common fisheries policy to the delight of British fleets, but many fishermen believe the new deal has not gone far enough.
The UK will transfer 25 percent of EU quotas to UK fleets over the next five years, with annual negotiations taking place on catch limits.
Another poll found that the majority of Express.co.uk readers believe that UK fishermen have not received fair treatment.
The second online poll asked the question: Did UK fishermen get a fair deal on Boris’ Brexit deal?
The results revealed that 60 percent (22,631) of those surveyed believed that British fishermen did not get what they deserved and voted ‘no’.
Only 18 percent (6,995) thought the UK fleets got a good deal and voted ‘yes’.
Meanwhile, the remaining 22% (8,156) remained uncertain and said they did not know.
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Brexit has enabled the UK to strike free trade deals around the world, enforce an Australian-style points-based immigration system and set up a top-notch coronavirus vaccination program .
Meanwhile, Brexiteers could be on the verge of securing more of the Brexit deal as the UK continues its search for changes to the controversial Northern Ireland protocol, a mechanism that ties Belfast to the regulations of EU to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said today the protocol was “not sustainable” and stressed “there must be” changes.
Earlier today, Boris Johnson marked the fifth anniversary of the EU vote and vowed to “seize the real potential” of leaving the bloc for all of Britain.
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He said: ‘This government got Brexit and we have already got our money, our laws, our borders and our waters back.
“Now, as we recover from this pandemic, we will seize the true potential of our regained sovereignty to unite and level our whole UK.
“By controlling our regulations and subsidies, and with free ports spurring new investment, we will drive innovation, jobs and renewal in all regions of our country.
“The decision to leave the EU may now be part of our history, but our clear mission is to use the freedoms it brings to shape a better future for our people.”