Brexit: Lord Adonis issues warning over shellfish exports
The proposals pose a significant threat to Ireland’s share of the fund which includes €600 million for the loss of Irish fishing quotas post-Brexit. Not satisfied with being allowed to continue to fish in British waters after the country left the EU, the French appetite for more is showing no signs of abating. This blog is no longer live, please follow here for the latest updates.
France wants to see larger nations such as itself, Spain and Italy given more compensation for their losses.
Under the proposals, Ireland’s entitlement to the funding would be reduced by at least 20 percent.
France’s proposals also threaten to delay the arrival of compensation as it has led to the reopening of negotiations.
The nation is simply not happy with its €400 million share of the fisheries compensation package which is designed to cushion the industry from the reduction in quota in UK seas.
France is pushing for more compensation from the EU – leaving less for Ireland (Image: Getty )
An EU diplomat told the Irish Times: “Ireland is hardest hit by the consequences of Brexit.
« The proposal by the Commission took this into account.
« Efforts by Paris to change the allocation criteria would result in even more cuts for Ireland and more money for France. This doesn’t really make for a nice picture. »
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Jersey fishermen staged a protest last week (Image: Channel Television/ITV )
6.32am update: Brexiteer hits back at ‘anti-British doomsters’ for downplaying Boris vaccine success
EUROPE’s political leaders have badly let down their citizens over Covid vaccines and to point that out is not being smug, according to a political columnist.
Boris Johnson opted out of joining the EU’s vaccine procurement scheme and is now reaping the rewards of the decision to go it alone.
Whereas Britain has succeeded in vaccinating around 36 per 100, the average European rate stands currently at just 10.6 per 100.
However, many Remainers are loathe to acknowledge this success and have criticised what they perceive to be the smug crowing of Brexiteers.
4.48am update: Jose Mourinho’s bizarre Brexit intervention: ‘If people don’t like it, it’s my fault!’
JOSE MOURINHO made a bizarre Brexit intervention, suggesting it was his « fault » some people « don’t like » the UK’s decision to break away from the European Union during an explosive interview.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager has recently been critical of his players for “hiding” during their north London derby loss to Arsenal last weekend.
But during one interview, while he was still Manchester United manager, it was Mourinho who said he could not get out of the spotlight. The 58-year-old Premier League boss claimed there was a “clear manhunt” against him following a run of bad form, adding that it was affecting his team at the time.
3.19am update: Von der Leyen ordered to quit as ‘European empire’ slammed for ‘criminal’ intransigence
BROADCASTER James Whale accused the ‘European empire » of being run by « a stuffy bunch of miserable useless people » and called on Ursula von der Leyen to quit following her threat to block the distribution of the Covid vaccine.
In a tirade at the European Commission’s threat to block the export of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Britain, TalkRADIO host James Whale said « they should all get the boot” including Ursula von der Leyen and called for the formation of a new European alliance led by Britain. Following the temporary suspension of the vaccine in a number of European Union states, he stressed the EU have “wasted” the AstraZeneca vaccine so « it’s no use anymore”. Co-host Ash Gould added that scientists should investigate how many people have died as a result of the temporary suspension.
1.27am update: He doesn’t care about EU unity! Macron makes grab for £690m extra from bloc’s Brexit fund
GREEDY France has drawn up plans to snatch a bigger share of the EU’s £4.2 billion Brexit nest egg.
In a significant blow to EU solidarity, Paris wants the larger member states to benefit more from the reserve to help countries adjust to Britain’s departure from the bloc.
The European Commission has already drawn up plans to distribute the cash to the capitals it feels are hardest hit by Brexit – with Ireland in line to receive the biggest windfall. But France wants to tear up the blueprint in favour of its own model, which will see it clinch £690 million more than anticipated.
12.15am update: Brexit blamed for British exports to Ireland falling 65% in January
Trade between Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland in January plunged by 65% following the end of free movement of goods because of Brexit, according to new data.
The figures followed Office for National Statistics data last week that showed the UK’s overall export of goods to the EU slumped by 41% during the same period, writes The Guardian
New customs, export and health certification requirements for goods going from Britain to Ireland have caused major disruption to the flow of cargo, with ferry companies operating on the Holyhead-Dublin Port route reporting a significant drop in traffic in January.
10.08pm update: EU says Raab ‘totally misunderstands’ NI terms of deal
The EU has said Britain’s foreign secretary Dominc Raab has failed to grasp the terms of the Brexit trade deal relating to Northern Ireland, saying he has displayed a « total misunderstanding » of the rules agreed by both sides.
Mr Raab had earlier claimed the bloc was trying to erect a barrier between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
The vice-president of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič, said: “The statements, like I saw yesterday from the foreign secretary, Raab, who, if I remember correctly was also for a couple of months in charge of the Brexit negotiations, that it’s the EU that wants to build the border between GB and Northern Ireland, and that it’s unacceptable … That raises a lot of questions because this is, if I put it very diplomatically, a total misunderstanding of the deal we have signed.”
9.14pm update: Nick Ferrari erupts at EU ‘war-like’ stance on vaccine ‘Leaving citizens at risk’
Radio host Nick Ferrari erupted at the EU who he said was adopting a « war-like » stance against the UK amid vaccine export threats made by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Nick Ferrari was furious over decisions made by European countries to pause the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine amid fears it causes fatal blood clots.
The LBC host pointed out that the countries themselves were putting more lives at risk than those who may succumb to blood clots and said many of them were angry because they were « late to the party » in securing vaccines.
Mr Ferrari said the position they were taking was « war-like » and then found it ironic the EU wanted to be treated reciprocally among its partners.
Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Mr Ferrari said: « They [EU] are putting the lives of their citizens, in countries like France and Germany, they’re putting the lives of their citizens at risk.
« It is wholly and utterly irresponsible, we are not all safe until everyone is vaccinated – that is the reality of it. «
Nick Ferrari accused the EU of endangering lives with its Covid vaccine threats (Image: GETTY)
8.21pm update: Former MP announced as Labour candidate for by-election in Brexit stronghold Hartlepool
A former MP ousted by Boris Johnson’s landslide win in 2019 has been announced as Labour’s candidate in the Hartlepool by-election.
Dr Paul Williams, formerly the MP for Stockton South from 2017 until 2019, has been chosen to contest the seat after incumbent Mike Hill resigned this week amid sexual harassment allegations.
Mr Hill’s sudden departure sets up a fresh electoral contest in Hartlepool, a seat long-held by Labour, marking the first test of Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership in the so-called « red wall » of the party’s heartlands since taking over from Jeremy Corbyn last year.
One of the seats taken as part of the host of red-to-blue turnovers in the December 2019 election in the North East was Dr Williams’ former Stockton South seat.
Dr Williams, an advocate for a second referendum on leaving the European Union before being ousted from Parliament, will represent Labour in Hartlepool, a constituency which voted by nearly 70 percent for Brexit.
7.25pm update: Rejoin the EU campaign urges Brits to select ‘European’ on the Census in Brexit rebellion
Rejoiners are urging Britons to put their nationality as European on the 2021 Census in a desperate rebellion against Brexit.
Rejoin the EU, which wants to drag the UK back into the bloc, urged its followers on Facebook to enter their nationality as European in the 2021 Census.
In the post, the campaign group shared instructions on how to do this.
Rejoin the EU said: « The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.
« To complete the census go to https://census.gov.uk/ and request a code via text.
« Enter the code and away you go. It takes 20 minutes.
« Under nationality you can choose as many options as you wish – whatever you choose also select Other and enter European. »
Rejoiners want Brits to identify as European in the Census (Image: GETTY)
6.23pm update: VDL determined to destroy UK relations to cover up EU vaccine flop, say German MEPs
Brussels boss Ursula von der Leyen was accused of being hell-bent on wrecking relations with the UK to cover-up her vaccines shambles.
German MEPs leapt on the European Commission president’s threat to seize life-saving vaccines heading to Britain.
They insisted the move could have detrimental consequences for the EU in the future as it closes the door on the bloc’s nearest foreign partner.
German MEP Gunnar Beck said: “If vaccination should prove the way forward in containing the Covid infection wave, the EU is risking the lives of its own citizens for short-lived political gains.
“Ill-considered vaccine export bans may be the prelude to a sustained protectionist campaign to hamper UK-EU trade relations.”
5.52pm update: Britain was RIGHT! Italy to resume using AstraZeneca jab as EMA declares vaccine ‘safe’
Italy has announced it will resume the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said its benefits outweigh the risks and it is « safe and effective » for use.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in a statement: « The government’s priority remains to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible. »
Italy was among a dozen countries that suspended the use of the vaccine earlier this week after reports of rare blood disorders in a handful of people who had recently received a jab.
Ursula von der Leyen is prepared to damage EU-UK relations, German MEPs have said (Image: GETTY)
4.44pm update: Meddling Adonis entices Remainers with plot to tie UK closer to EU – Peer to meet Frost
Remainer Lord Adonis is spearheading a plan to push the Government into signing a new agreement with the EU which would tie the UK closely to the bloc’s single market.
The prominent Brexit critic piled pressure on Cabinet Office minister Lord Frost today to agree to meet with him to discuss the option.
Speaking in Westminster, the Labour peer said British businesses are facing a « particular problem » with the exports of animals, meat and shellfish.
He pointed to newly-released data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) that showed exports to the bloc had fallen by up to 80 percent in January, after Britain left the EU’s single market on December 31.
The former Labour Cabinet minister suggested the possibility of a Swiss-style deal on agri-food shipments to assist trade and called on Lord Frost to meet with him to discuss his plan. He later said Lord Frost had agreed to do so.
4.22pm udpate: AstraZeneca vaccine IS safe and effective! EMA tells Europe to END suspension of UK jab
The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and should be used to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the European Medicines Agency declared.
The EU’s drugs watchdog came to a “clear scientific conclusion” that the Oxford jab is safe and effective at preventing cases of Covid.
Emer Cooke, the EMA’s director, said: “The committee has come to a clear scientific conclusion.
“This is a safe and effective vaccine, protecting people from COVID-19 with the associated risks of death and hospitalisations outweighed the possible risks.”
Lord Frost said the Government has pulled out all the stops to help businesses post-Brexit (Image: GETTY)
3.09pm update: Government ‘pulled out all stops’ to help business trade wth EU, says Frost
The UK Government has « pulled out all the stops » to help firms do business with the EU post-Brexit, Cabinet Office minister Lord Frost has said as he was tackled over a sharp fall in exports to the bloc.
The former chief Brexit negotiator was pressed over recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which revealed overall goods exports from the UK fell by £5.3 billion, 19.3 percent, in January as the Brexit transition period came to an end.
It was driven by a £5.6 billion, or 40.7 percent, plunge in exports of goods to the EU, the ONS said.
Speaking at Westminster, Lord Frost said: « A unique combination of facts has made it inevitable that we would see a reduction in trade with the EU in January and we should use caution in drawing any conclusions from the initial figures. »
Prominent Brexit critic and Labour former Cabinet minister Lord Adonis shot back, saying the UK has a « particular problem at the moment » with the export of animals, meat and shellfish to the EU.
Lord Frost replied: « We have of course pulled out all the stops to help businesses whether they are operating in these fields or any other to deal with the changes to our trading relationship with the EU. »
Arch-Remainer Lord Adonis said there is a ‘particular problem’ with exports of animals and meat to the EU (Image: GETTY)
1:45pm update: ‘UK becoming a trade supernation!’ Tireless Liz Truss nears £17bn Australia trade deal
The UK is closing in on a multi-billion post-Brexit trade boost with Australia just as ministers formally apply to join a mammoth Pacific free-trade partnership.
Liz Truss and her Department for International Trade colleagues have concluded the latest round of talks with Australia on securing a trade deal – potentially worth many billions of pounds.
Australian authorities say two-way goods and services trade between Australia and the UK was valued at £17 billion in 2018-19.
1pm update: EU sitting on mountain of 13m lifesaving jabs – but still wants to blockade UK supplies
The EU is sitting on a mountain of more than 10 million life-saving coronavirus vaccines, while threatening to block shipments to Britain in revenge for not sending them more jabs.
European Commission boss Ursula von der Leyen is furious the UK has not exported a single dose of the AstraZeneca jab, the only one currently manufactured domestically, to the EU. She will use decades-old emergency powers to seize shipments heading for our shores.
Mrs von der Leyen told a Brussels news conference: « It’s hard to explain to our citizens why vaccines produced in the EU are going to other countries that are also producing vaccines, while hardly anything is coming back.
12:15pm update: Vaccine companies bite back against EU ban
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has threatened to block deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine to the UK, despite raw materials for the jab being made in Britain.
She said the bloc will « reflect on whether exports to countries who have higher vaccination rates than us are still proportionate ».
But now, the pharmaceutical company, Moderna, has announced plans to deliver the first shipment of their vaccine as early as next month.
Boris Johnson claims the Brexit trade deal would allow Britain to thrive Globally (Image: Getty)
11:30am update: SNP make case against Brexit in House of Commons debate
The Brexit process has lurched from « shambles to chaos, » SNP MP Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central) said, adding it was a « lesson in incompetence and hubris ».
During the SNP’s Opposition Day debate on the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU last night, she said: « Less than three months after the transition period ended the UK is facing legal action and the possibility of trade sanctions. »
Businesses, she said, were « facing the possibility of tariffs along with the added paperwork that being out of the single market is bringing ».
10:45am update: ‘They hate Brexit!’ EU ‘trying to intimidate UK like mob boss’ to cover up OWN jab failure
The EU is punishing Britain for Brexit with its « naked jingoism » and threats to block vaccine exports, a minister has raged.
The European Commission President warned countries who had been more successful in rolling out jabs could see their supply of vaccines from the continent cut.
Her remarks came after multiple EU countries suspended the use of the Oxford-developed AstraZeneca jab over concerns of blood clots.
10am update: He doesn’t care about EU unity! Macron makes grab for £690m extra from bloc’s Brexit fund
Greedy France has drawn up plans to snatch a bigger share of the EU’s £4.2 billion Brexit nest egg.
In a significant blow to EU solidarity, Paris wants the larger member states to benefit more from the reserve to help countries adjust to Britain’s departure from the bloc.
The European Commission has already drawn up plans to distribute the cash to the capitals it feels are hardest hit by Brexit – with Ireland in line to receive the biggest windfall.
Fishing was a difficult part of the Brexit deal (Image: Getty)
9:15am update: Raab lashes out at EU over vaccine export threat
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused the EU of « brinkmanship » and warned it not to block the export of coronavirus vaccines after a threat from European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen.
He warned that the « world’s watching » as he suggested the bloc was acting like a « less democratic » regime and that its threat would break direct assurances it had given Britain.
The European Commission president issued the threat on Wednesday as she continues to be embroiled in a row over supply of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab and faces pressure over rollout delays.
8.30am update: Eurozone devastation looms as EU’s arrogance comes home to roost – expert warning
The EU is facing a devastating eurozone crisis due to the bloc’s catastrophic handling of the Covid vaccine rollout, an economic expert has warned.
The EU’s Covid vaccination programme has been heavily criticised, due to its slow acquisition of jabs, failure to spend enough money to ensure adequate supply and blaming shortages on pharmaceutical companies.
The bloc’s vaccine rollout is now way behind other countries, such as the UK, US and Israel, who are already planning for a return to normality. However, an economic expert has warned the EU will be left behind – with severe financial consequences.
8am update: Biden backs Good Friday Agreement amid NI Protocol tensions
Irish premier Micheal Martin has thanked US President Joe Biden for his « unwavering support » for the Good Friday Agreement.
He said his support for the 1998 peace accord « meant a lot » during the Brexit negotiations.
The leaders underscored the importance of preserving the « hard-won gains » of the peace process and the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly.