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Boris Johnson refuses to rule out commerce struggle with EU as row over ban on British shellfish grows
- European Fee criticised for barring the gross sales of British caught shellfish
- The shellfish can solely be transported to Europe if handled at a purification plant
- Atmosphere Secretary George Eustice yesterday denounced the shellfish ban
Boris Johnson final night time refused to rule out a commerce struggle with Brussels if it didn’t again down within the escalating row over British shellfish.
The European Fee confronted a pincer motion as politicians on each side of the Channel criticised its ban on recent UK exports.
Brussels has advised British fishermen they’re barred indefinitely from promoting dwell mussels, oysters, clams and cockles to EU member states.
The shellfish will be transported to the Continent provided that they’ve been handled in purification vegetation.
Boris Johnson (pictured) final night time refused to rule out a commerce struggle with Brussels if it didn’t again down within the escalating row over British shellfish
Atmosphere Secretary George Eustice yesterday denounced the ‘indefensible’ ban, which he mentioned was affecting eating places on the continent in addition to British fishermen, who’re already affected by the closure of the UK hospitality commerce.
He mentioned the fee modified its place final week, and that previous to that ‘that they had been clear that this was a commerce that would proceed’.
Mr Eustice mentioned the ban was ‘fairly surprising and actually indefensible’, telling BBC Radio 4’s In the present day programme: ‘The reality is, there is no such thing as a authorized barrier to this commerce persevering with, each on animal well being grounds and on public well being grounds – there may be authorized provision inside present EU rules to permit such commerce to proceed from the UK.
‘We’re simply asking the EU to abide by their present rules and to not search to alter them.’ Downing Avenue yesterday left open the likelihood the Authorities might retaliate if the ban shouldn’t be lifted.
Brussels has advised British fishermen they’re barred indefinitely from promoting dwell mussels, oysters, clams and cockles to EU member states (inventory picture)
The Prime Minister’s spokesman refused to rule out blocking the import of some items from the continent in a tit-for-tat response.
In a lift yesterday, the chairman of the European Parliament’s committee on fisheries declared he was Britain’s ‘greatest ally’ over the problem.
French MEP Pierre Karleskind mentioned he was not glad with the response he had had from the fee on the ban.
‘The very fact is that the UK waters didn’t turn out to be soiled on December 31 at midnight, so this actually doesn’t make any sense,’ he advised the In the present day programme.
The European Fee confronted a pincer motion as politicians on each side of the Channel criticised its ban on recent UK exports. Pictured: European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen
Cupboard Workplace minister Michael Gove final night time in contrast the tensions with the EU in current weeks to the beginning of a flight. He advised the Lords’ European Union committee: ‘Everyone knows that when an aeroplane takes off, that’s the purpose while you typically get that elevated degree of turbulence.
‘However then finally you attain a cruising altitude and the crew let you know to take your seatbelts off, and luxuriate in a gin and tonic and a few peanuts.
‘We’re not on the gin and tonic and peanuts stage but however I’m assured we might be.’
Chief Brexit negotiator Lord Frost mentioned the EU was nonetheless adjusting to ‘the existence of a genuinely unbiased actor of their neighbourhood’.
‘I believe it’s been greater than bumpy, to be sincere, within the final six weeks. I believe it’s been problematic. I hope we’ll recover from this,’ he advised the Lords committee. ‘It will require a distinct spirit most likely from the EU however I’m positive we’re going to see that and see a few of this subside as we go ahead.’