Brexit: Expert expresses concern for fishing industry future
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The Prime Minister had hoped to organise a meeting with EU officials to discuss and rectify the ban on UK shellfish exports. Environment Secretary George Eustice had planned to meet Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety but had his request to resolve the row was snubbed. Such is the surprise over the EU’s refusal to discuss the ban on shellfish that Mr Johnson has now escalated planning to hit back on EU goods.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson is now planning to put restrictions on certain EU goods such as mineral water and seed for potatoes.
Post-Brexit, the EU announced a ban on live oysters, clams, scallops and mussels, which has now become permanent as the UK will be treated as a third-country.
UK ministers had allegedly been given assurances that a meeting would be held to resolve the matter but due to the intransigence of the EU, Westminster is now drawing up plans labelled as ‘Water Wars’.
The EU had secured a temporary agreement on mineral water and potato seed until June but that could now be in jeopardy.
One Government source said: “There is thought being given to where we can leverage in other areas.
“We have continuity arrangements?
“We can stop these which means they won’t be able to sell their produce here.”
In a huge blow to the sector, shellfish can only be exported to the EU only if it is treated in a purification plant.
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7.49am update: EU red tape hits Brish sausages and meat
In order to satisfy the EU’s requirements on sausages and meat, the Government has brought in temporary documents.
Health certificates will now be required for exports to Northern Ireland.
From July 1, exports of sausages, mince other meat products are set to be banned completely unless the two sides can reach an agreement.
7.22am update: Boris Johnson furious over EU meeting snub
Boris Johnson is reportedly furious after EU officials blocked a crucial meeting to discuss the ban on shellfish exports to the EU.
The Prime Minister had hoped to organise a meeting with EU officials to resolve the ban on live shellfish to Europe but in an incredible turn of events, Brussels officials blocked a meeting between Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety and George Eustice the Environment Secretary.
Due to the block from the EU, the Prime Minister is now considering retaliatory measures on bottled water and potato seed imports from the EU.
One Government source told The Daily Telegraph: “There is thought being given to where we can leverage in other areas.
“We have continuity arrangements? We can stop these which means they won’t be able to sell their produce here.”
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