Companies experiencing issues exporting to the EU “by way of no fault of their very own” will obtain compensation, the prime minister has stated.
He was talking after offended seafood hauliers stacked their lorries outside Downing Street in protest.
They’ve complained of being “tied in knots with paperwork” and about new checks, leading to delays exporting recent fish and seafood to the EU for the reason that begin of the 12 months.
“I sympathise very a lot and perceive their frustrations and issues have been exacerbated by COVID and the demand hasn’t been what it was earlier than the pandemic and that is one of many issues we’re making an attempt to cope with. That is pushed largely by the pandemic,” the prime minister stated.
“The place companies, by way of no fault of their very own, have confronted difficulties exporting the place there’s a real keen purchaser, there is a £23m fund to assist out.”
Regardless of their difficulties, Mr Johnson stated there could be “nice alternatives” for fishermen UK-wide to “to benefit from the spectacular marine wealth of the UK”.
He added: “In simply five-and-a-half years’ time, we can have entry to all of the fish in all our waters.
“And simply now, we’ve got entry to 25% greater than we did only a month in the past. Meaning there’s scope for fishing communities throughout the UK to benefit from the rise in quota.
“What we’ll do is give individuals a serving to hand and that is why we have arrange the £100m fund to assist individuals with boats, to assist with the fish processing trade, the chance is huge.”
Fourteen individuals had been given fines after Monday morning’s protest, the Metropolitan Police confirmed.
“The trade is being tied in knots with paperwork necessities which might be straightforward sufficient to navigate, on condition that corporations have put within the time and coaching with a purpose to have all of the related procedures in place for 1st January 2021,” stated a spokesperson for D R Collin & Son, a Berwickshire-based agency that took half within the London demonstration.
“Nonetheless, all of the coaching goes to waste because the expertise is outdated and can’t deal with the calls for being positioned on it – which in flip is leading to no produce having the ability to go away the UK.
“These should not ‘teething points’ as reported by the federal government and the results of those issues will likely be catastrophic on the lives of fishermen, fishing cities and the shellfish trade as a complete.”
Alasdair Hughson, chairman of the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation, stated the trade wished to “make its voice heard loud and clear”.
“If this debacle doesn’t enhance very quickly we’re many established companies coming to the tip of the road,” he stated.
Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer stated ministers had been “making an attempt in charge the fishing communities somewhat than accepting it is their failure to organize”.
He stated: “They’re past pissed off, they’re fairly offended about what’s gone on as a result of the federal government has identified there could be an issue with fishing and notably the sale of fish into the EU for years.”
Fergus Ewing, Scotland’s rural financial system secretary, stated the brand new buying and selling guidelines had been having a “catastrophic influence on Scotland’s food and drinks export trade” and any compensation could also be “too little too late” for some companies.