Fishing and farming abandoned by Brexit deal – Yorkshire Post Letters
The recent report by the Committee on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Exports of Seafood and Meat to the EU, is a devastating indictment of the deal the government broke with the ‘EU and how the agriculture and fisheries sectors were sidelined and ignored in the negotiations.
The deal resulted in additional controls, mountains of red tape (non-tariff barriers), long delays for fish and meat exports, and the total loss of exports of oysters, mussels and scallops.
Boris Johnson initially praised the deal, saying it was an agreement that “should allow our companies and our exporters to do even more business with our European friends”.
The reality is, of course, completely different, as can be seen from the testimony presented to the Committee across the food industry.
Scotland Food and Drink said that “as an example of political mismanagement of expectations on the impact of a political choice, this may have no parallel”, claiming there was a “fundamental lack of ‘honesty’ during the period of transition to the scale of non-tariff barriers’.
Plymouth Trawler Agents Limited said that “bearing in mind that much of the guidelines were relevant whether the UK had a deal or not … it is difficult to see why there were so many left until late” .
The NFU said the agri-food industry had been “inundated” with new directions, most of which were “late and incomplete.”
Sadly, we end up with a picture of incompetent negotiation and preparation, led by a dysfunctional government, which has resulted in loss of livelihoods and, in some cases, financial ruin.
From: Gareth Robson, Kent House Road, Beckenham.
Upon seeing the headline of Bill Carmichael’s column on the global response to the Covid outbreak in India (The Yorkshire Post, April 30), I immediately suspected that this would be another way to dig into the EU – and my suspicions were founded.
The only benefit of Brexit would have been to end the habit of blaming the EU for our domestic failures – but even that potential benefit was not delivered.
I think Bill is wrong to suggest that the EU has suspended vaccine exports while the UK has sent them everywhere.
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