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Fishing chiefs in Boulogne-sur-Mer, just over an hour from the UK’s maritime border with the EU, have complained they have yet to be granted a licence to fish in the UK’s 12-mile zone. In a letter to Brussels officials, French Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin and mayor of Boulogne-sur-Mer Frédéric Cuvillier said urgent action needed to be taken.

The letter, which is also signed by Jean-François Rapin, regional councillor and senator of Pas-de-Calais, and Xavier Bertrand, president of the Hauts-de-France region, claimed only 23 licences had been issued by the UK Government for a fleet of 850 vessels.

Express.co.uk understands officials at the UK Single Issuing Authority (SIA) responsible for licencing began to issue licences to allow EU fisheries to operate within 12 miles of the British coastline on January 29.

But the letter, also copied to officials in Whitehall, stressed: “On January 1, in front of the players in the sector in Boulogne-sur-Mer, the government made a commitment that fishing licenses in the 6-12 nautical mile zone be awarded within 48 hours.

“But to date and despite this commitment, only 23 licenses have been awarded directly threatening the activity of the 850 sailors of Hauts-de-France and the 5,000 jobs in the port.”

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French officials denounced the delay in the allocation of licences to fish on British waters (Image: Getty)

Frédéric Cuvillier, Mayor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, added in a statement: “It is scandalous.

“Countries must demand a support plan at European level.

“France must be a player in this necessary requirement.”

Stéphane Pinto, vice chairwoman of the Regional Fisheries Committee claimed the French government must put pressure on the European Union to find a solution.

 

 

UK Fishing Vessels

Several French officials signed the letter to EU and UK officials (Image: Getty)

She added: “I cannot conceive of the French authorities telling business leaders French ‘we have no solution, you have to cease your activity’ “.

Ms Pinto claimed they were told by Paris officials that if licences from the UK Single Issuing Authority didn’t arrive soon then there would have to be a “fleet exit plan” established.

“In other words, we break the boats and we are given money,” she explained.

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12:15am update: Brexit legacy: Fundraising campaign for historic £650k Museum of Brexit gets underway

FUNDRAISING for the eagerly anticipated Brexit Museum is set to get underway in earnest after the project was granted charitable status – on the third anniversary of the day Britain was originally scheduled to quit the bloc.

And former chancellor Lord Lawson is among those calling on people from across the political spectrum to pitch in to raise the £650,000 needed to turn the dream into a reality.

Britain voted to quit the bloc on June 23, 2016, and was originally due to sever ties on March 29, 2019, two years after then Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50.

However, Mrs May failed on three occasions to get her Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament, a failure which ultimately cost the Tory MP for Maidenhead her job – and forced the UK to seek an extension until January 31, 2020.

11:15pm update: UK’s Brexit talks with EU dismissed as ‘talking shop with no teeth’ by economist

A UK/EU forum on financial services regulation is a mere “talking shop” with “no teeth” which will offer no permanent solutions, a UK-based economist has said.

And Professor Daniel Hodson, chairman of the CityUnited Project, believes the City of London is well-equipped to thrive as a global financial centre without bending to the will of Brussels.

Prof Hodson published an op-ed via CityUnited’s website in which he suggests the relocation of EU share trading from London to Amsterdam, confirmed this week, was far from the calamity some have suggested.

And he followed it up by weighing in on the announcement of a so-called Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UK and the EU on the subject of financial services, announced by the Treasury yesterday.

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Le Pen dismantled Macron’s deluded reliance on the EU (Image: Getty Images )

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10.15pm update: ‘France first, then Europe!’ Le Pen in stern attack on Macron and EU over Covid shambles

Emmanuel Macron’s deluded reliance on the European Union’s framework to ensure France wins its fight against coronavirus was dismantled by Marine Le Pen.

The National Rally leader lashed out against Brussels and the French President in a swipe at the bloc’s failure to handle the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to French TV France 3, Ms Le Pen said that her party would always put France ahead of the EU’s collective interests.

She said: “The Nation is the most efficient framework for ensuring the safety and protection of the French.

“This is the great lesson of the health crisis.

“Unlike Macron, I say ‘France first, Europe then’.”

9.30pm update: Desperate Spain seeks to calm Brexodus fears as UK expats face being ousted from homes

Spain has attempted to calm Brexodus fears after British tourists and second-home owners were warned they are not allowed to spend more than 90 days in the country post-Brexit.

As the UK officially left the EU back in January, Brexit put an end to the free movement of persons between the bloc and Britain.

Britons living in an EU member state before January 1 were able to reside there under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Hundreds of unregistered British citizens in Spain could be hit by new EU rules limiting visa-free visits to just six months.

British expats face deportation from Spain

British expats face deportation from Spain (Image: Getty)

9.25pm update: She’s done it again! Liz Truss reaches new agreement to unlock post-Brexit trade in Asia

Liz Truss has been lauded after sealing another post-Brexit agreement for the UK.

The International Trade Secretary has set up a new framework to explore further investment opportunities with Thailand.

Thailand is seen as a key player in emerging markets across Asia and last year trade with the UK was worth more than £5billion.

Britain and Thailand have agreed to strengthen this relationship by creating a Joint Economic and Trade Committee.

This afternoon, Ms Truss and Thailand’s Minister of Commerce and Deputy Prime Minister, Jurin Laksanawisit, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase collaboration.

The announcement today follows a Joint Trade Review conducted by both sides in 2020.

8.20pm update: Sturgeon’s Brexit attack unravels – Boris lists mega-opportunities for Scotland outside EU

Brexit offers a wealth of opportunities for Scotland Downing Street has said as it hit back at criticism from Nicola Sturgeon that Britain’s exit from the single market had done “deep damage” to the economy.

The SNP leader lashed out at Boris Johnson earlier today, accusing him of “economic vandalism” by leaving the EU transition period at the end of last year.

Ms Sturgeon criticised the Westminster Government for forcing a “hard Brexit” upon Scotland, which voted to remain a part of the single market in 2016.

But No10 has hit back at the assessment from the SNP, with Boris Johnson’s press secretary Allegra Stratton highlighting how new freeports and trade deals outside of the EU will help Scotland to boom in the decades ahead.

US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden (Image: Getty)

7.50pm update: ‘Never underestimate the British!’ EU mocked over bitter vaccine ‘revenge’ plot

Britons have brutally mocked the European Union after it was claimed the bloc was kicking up a fuss over vaccines because it was humiliated over Brexit.

A senior UK minister has suggested a combination of the fury over Brexit and the proximity of elections in France and Germany – the EU’s two most powerful member states – was driving the vaccine war with the UK.

The minister, who deals with counterparts in the EU each week, told the Sunday Express he believed this was the case after conversations with European politicians.

The senior UK official told the newspaper: “We underestimate in the UK to what extent Brexit was a humiliation for the EU.”

7.05pm update: EU humiliation: Joe Biden economic recovery puts Brussels to shame – Eurozone warning

Joe Biden’s successful stimulus package is putting the EU’s plans to shame as the bloc lags behind the US in both vaccine inoculations and economic recovery.

President Joe Biden on Thursday said the US economic outlook is brightening thanks to the recent passage of his $1.9trillion (£1.38trillion) pandemic relief package, and a majority of economists now expect growth this year to exceed six percent.

Speaking at his first press conference since taking office in January, the US leader said: “Since we passed the American Rescue Plan, we’re starting to see new signs of hope in our economy.

“Since it was passed, a majority of economic forecasters have significantly increased their projections on the economic growth that’s going to take place this year.

“They’re now projecting it will exceed 6 percent growth in GDP (gross domestic product).”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)

6.30pm update: We were right! Lord Norman Tebbit says EU’s ‘arrogance and incompetence’ vindicates Brexit

The “arrogance and incompetence” displayed by the European Union during the coronavirus pandemic has vindicated the Brexit vote, Lord Norman Tebbit has claimed.

The life peer said Europhiles displayed these “unattractive” qualities in abundance as the bloc’s calamitous vaccine rollout stumbled from one gaffe to another.

But even the prominent Brexiteer revealed he was surprised at how badly European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron handled the pandemic.

He claimed this “confusion and uncertainty” only vindicated why the UK voted to leave the clutches of Brussels in 2016.

6.10pm update: Brexit rebels secure landmark legal showdown over EU deal – Boris faces major decision

A landmark legal challenge against the Northern Ireland Protocol is scheduled to be heard on May 13 – setting up a potentially explosive moment in the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU.

The NI Protocol aims to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland by ensuring Northern Ireland continues to adhere to some of the EU’s rules and regulations – but critics including DUP leader Arlene Foster say as a result it has created a border down the Irish Sea instead.

A group of Brexiteers including former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib and Jim Allister QC, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) party, have been pushing for a judicial review into the legality of the arrangements.

Last week they launched a crowdfunding page to raise money to cover its costs.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron

Former Prime Minister David Cameron (Image: Getty)

5.50pm update: David Cameron humiliated as ex-Prime Minister ‘circumvented’ out of EU decision-making

David Cameron refused to sign up to a revision of the Lisbon Treaty but, in response, German Chancellor Angela Merkel teamed up with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and found a way to bypass Britain’s veto.

At the beginning of this month, former Prime Minister David Cameron returned to Parliament to give evidence to MPs and Lords on national security.

The former Tory leader has kept a low profile since leaving front line politics, rarely engaging in political issues of the day.

However, as he appeared before the National Security Strategy Committee, Mr Cameron not only criticised his successors over their handling of national security issues and international affairs but also touched upon one of his most sensitive subjects: Brexit.

5.40pm update: Eurozone crisis: Euro set for biggest monthly drop since mid-2019 – Covid chaos bites hard

The Eurozone’s inability to effectively deal with the coronavirus pandemic has set the single currency up for its biggest drop since mid-2019.

Markets reacted badly to the prospect of tougher coronavirus curbs in France and Germany, sending the euro’s value tumbling to just 0.85p.

It was 0.90p as recently as December last year.

Despite numerous vaccines being on the market for months, the EU’s obsession with a centralised and overly bureaucratic rollout has hampered its effectiveness.

This has left it languishing far behind Brexit Britain, whose rollout has stormed ahead.

Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib

Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib (Image: Getty)

4.30pm update: Take that, Brussels! UK businesses exploit Brexit loophole to swerve hated EU red tape

British businesses have been able to defy the Brexit gloomsters by taking advantage of new technologies to free themselves from red tape and shipping fees.

Firms are now turning to borderless business solutions in order to take advantage of global opportunities without being impacted by the usual bureaucracy involved in international trade.

Imaginative entrepreneurs have been able to “go local” in new markets, such as Japan, China, the US and Europe, by teaming up with foreign service providers.

Yorkshire-based Megapaws saw its business boom during lockdown as families around the world turned to online firms for their purchases.

4pm update: Boris Johnson told to stop ‘appeasing’ EU as Brexit an ‘existential threat’ to bloc

Boris Johnson has been told he must stand up to the European Union as Brexit is an “existential threat” to the bloc.

Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib called upon the Government to “cease appeasing” the bloc and “start standing up to it”.

Mr Habib argued the EU “wishes to damage the UK” and the Government have to acknowledge the threat.

In his opinion piece in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Habib said Brexit is an”existential crisis” for the EU.

3.30pm update: Gibraltar must be protected! Boris flies in Dominic Raab ahead of crunch Brexit talks

Dominic Raab is heading to Gibraltar this afternoon for talks ahead of crunch Brexit negotiations between the Rock and EU.

The Foreign Secretary will hold bilateral talks with Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

Mr Raab is visiting for the UK-Gibraltar Joint Ministerial Council, ahead of talks on the future relationship with Brussels.

Gibraltar was not covered by the UK’s Brexit trade deal with the EU and a separate negotiation with the bloc is underway.

Ahead of the talks, Mr Raab said: “As a valued member of the UK family, we stand side by side with Gibraltar as we enter into the forthcoming negotiations with the EU on Gibraltar’s future relationship.

“We are committed to delivering a treaty which safeguards UK’s sovereignty of Gibraltar and supports the prosperity of both Gibraltar and the surrounding region.”

3.15pm update: Brexit fisheries victory: Italy loses £85,000 after EU crumbled in bluefin tuna battle

Italy will lose £85,328 (€100,000) worth of fishing sales for bluefin tunas as Brexit Britain is now entitled to a bigger share of the catch.

Thanks to Brexit, the UK has become a full-fledged non-EU country with a bigger share of catches of bluefin tunas.

The fishing victory for Britain meant a huge loss for Italy worth £85,328 (€100,000).

EU member states overall will lose 48 tons of bluefin tunas that will move across the Channel, of which Italy loses 11 tons.

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President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen (Image: Getty)

3pm update: Steven Brown takes over from Richard Percival

2.15pm update: Nicola Sturgeon attacks Tories ‘Hard Brexit’ 

Nicola Sturgeon has attacked Brexit and accused the Conservatives of “muscling in” on the Scottish Parliament’s responsibilities.

Hitting out at the Tories’ “Hard Brexit” during a speech to SNP activists, she said: “The UK Government has stripped from its Trade Bill a clause that would have prevented any post-Brexit deals from undermining ‘a comprehensive publicly funded health service free at the point of delivery’.

“And as part of their power grab on the Scottish Parliament, they’ve given themselves the right to subject Scotland’s NHS to what they call market access principles, whatever the people of Scotland or the Scottish Parliament think.”

1.30pm update: NI Protocol legal challenge to be heard in May 

A Landmark legal challenge against the Northern Ireland Protocol is scheduled to be heard on May 13 – setting up a potentially explosive moment in the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the EU.

The NI Protocol aims to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland by ensuring Northern Ireland continues to adhere to some of the EU’s rules and regulations – but critics including DUP leader Arlene Foster say as a result it has created a border down the Irish Sea instead.

12:45pm update: Pledge by Foreign Secretary to secure Brexit Treaty for Gibraltar 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today attended the UK-Gibraltar Joint Ministerial Council and held bilateral talks with Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo. 

During the visit, the Foreign Secretary reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to reaching an agreement on a future treaty between the UK and EU in respect of Gibraltar.

Mr Rabb added: “As a valued member of the UK family, we stand side by side with Gibraltar as we enter into the forthcoming negotiations with the EU on Gibraltar’s future relationship.

“We are committed to delivering a treaty which safeguards UK’s sovereignty of Gibraltar and supports the prosperity of both Gibraltar and the surrounding region.”

12pm update: EU panic: Brussels urged to send €1000 cheque to bloc’s citizens – MEP hits out

Brussels flagship proposal to speed up the economic recovery of the EU from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been brutally torn apart by Portuguese MEP Pedro Marques.

The Portuguese politician praised the European Commission’s proposal for an “ambitious” €750 billion recovery fund to be distributed to the EU27. But as the bloc lags behind the UK and the US’s economic recovery, Mr Marques blasted the bureaucratic delays of the EU’s financial support.

The Portuguese MEP said, in comparison, the US “has pulled far ahead” with President Joe Biden’s stimulus package.

11:15am update: Angela’s lost control! Brexiteer says Merkel’s EU power dwindling as VDL shuns advice

Angela Merkel’s dwindling influence has been blamed for a failure to stop the EU’s repeated vaccine war threats by a senior Brexiteer.

David Jones, the deputy leader of the European Research Group (ERG), said the failure of the German Chancellor to convince the EU to step back from the brink was proof she was no longer in control.

Instead, he warned France’s Emmanuel Macron now appeared to be leading the bloc, talking up attacks on Britain in the middle of a global pandemic.

10:30am update: EU unity in jeopardy: Boris to offer vaccines to Ireland in ‘poke in the eye’ to Brussels

Boris Johnson may offer vaccine doses to the Republic of Ireland in what one Cabinet minister claimed would be a “poke in the eye” for the EU’s unity.

Amid the row over the AstraZeneca vaccine, in a move which may highlight the EU’s flawed vaccination programme, Mr Johnson will offer 3.7 million vaccine doses to Ireland as early as this weekend.

Although the EU has accused the UK of vaccine nationalism, Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, Michael Gove, chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster, and Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland secretary have outlined a plan to send doses to Ireland.

French Fishing Vessel

It has been nearly three months since the countries agreed on the legal framework of Brexit fishing (Image: Getty)

9:30am update: We envy you Britain!’ Iain Duncan Smith mocks ‘incompetent’ EU as Brexit vindicated

Brussels is targeting the UK because it is envious of the success post-Brexit Britain is making of its coronavirus vaccine programme in comparison with the sluggish pace of the bloc’s own rollout, Iain Duncan Smith MP has said.

And the former Conservative Party leader, and committed Brexiteer, has branded the EU “an incompetent organisation full of self-doubt” in a withering takedown.

Mr Duncan Smith, MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, believes eurocrats fear the efficiency with which the UK has set about inoculating its population indicates its newly-independent neighbour is set to thrive now that it has broken free.

8:45am update: A quarter of Germans turn on VDL and blame Brussels boss for EU’s vaccine fiasco

A quarter of Germans blame top eurocrat Ursula von der Leyen for the EU’s vaccine fiasco, a new poll has revealed.

The study found that 26 percent of people in German said the European Commission President was the reason why there were not enough jabs available across the bloc.

The Brussels joint buy-up of Covid immunisations has left EU member states lagging far behind Britain’s vaccination drive.

8am update: Brussels expect UK to honour NI Protocol 

The European Union is expecting the UK to set out a road map detailing how it plans to fully implement the post-Brexit agreement on Northern Ireland in the “coming days”.

Both sides said talks between officials on the Northern Ireland Protocol took place in a “constructive atmosphere” on Friday after a period of high tensions.

The EU launched legal action, accusing the UK of again breaching international law, after London unilaterally extended the post-Brexit grace periods on trade in the region.



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