How is Brexit going? Well yesterday it was reported that sales of milk and cream to the European Union are down an astonishing 96 per cent – with chicken and beef not far behind – because of Brexit.
Trade barriers erected in Boris Johnson’s deal have cost exporters more than £1.1 billion since the start of the year, The Food and Drink Federation said.
With that in mind the fishing industry was one of the major issues during the lead up to Brexit and it remains so.
The Observer published an article on Sunday 25th April with the headline ‘It’s a betrayal’: Cornish fishing vote turns against Tories over Brexit deal.
Additionally a Leave-voting fisherman expressed his regret after voting for Brexit on Danish TV this week, admitting “life has become very difficult” since.
Ian Perkes, a fish exporter from Brixham, in Devon, told broadcaster DR that he was “lied to” about the implications of leaving the EU and it has increased costs for his business.
He said: “Do you think I would have voted to leave if I’d known it was going to cost me another £80,000 a year? Of course not. Only a fool would have voted to go out, wouldn’t he, knowing that.”
With the fallout from Brexit going nowhere BBC’s Ros Atkins has created a series of videos looking at our exit from the EU.
And the first topic? Fishing of course. This is great reporting and well worth a watch.
This week we’re doing a series of videos looking at Brexit – at what was promised and what’s been delivered now it’s here. First is fishing. Produced @michaelcoxJ @mhosseini01 @rhartmann_ https://t.co/RE2HqJoH3U pic.twitter.com/GQuW4YjdCm— Ros Atkins (@BBCRosAtkins) April 26, 2021
Here are some of the positive comments about the video.
Brilliant as ever. https://t.co/EDIimB3KUV— James O’Brien (@mrjamesob) April 26, 2021