Brexit LIVE: Fishing war erupts as French threaten action over trawlers plundering waters – Daily Express

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Olivier Leprêtre, president of the regional fisheries committee of Hauts-de-France, accused Dutch vessels of having snatched traps from French vessels last week. In the latest incident in a long row over English Channel fishing rights, understands around 600 traps were taken from the port city of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

An industry source said: “It’s controversial this, the Dutch pitching our supplies.

“It demonstrates a complete lack of respect for other countries.”

Regional fishing chiefs in Hauts-de-France are becoming increasingly concerned about the presence of Dutch vessels in the English Channel.

They stress they are a threat to French vessels who see them as serious competition due to the use of unsustainable fishing practices.


One common practice known as fly-shooting or pulse fishing involves using multiple nets to encircle and capture shoals of fish.

Heavy ropes are dragged across the ocean floor which will displace whatever is underneath.

Mr Leprêtre claimed Boulogne-sur-Mer was seeing “the invasion of the Dutch industrial fleet”, who are “overexploiting the resources of the English Channel”.


2pm update: Convicts to help solve shortage of workers

Prisoners on temporary release are plugging gaps at firms hit by a chronic shortage of workers.

Companies needing HGV drivers, fruit pickers and factory staff are scrambling to hire inmates in a bid to make up the shortfall caused by the pandemic and Brexit.

The move comes after growing concern at the prospect of severely depleted – or even empty – supermarket shelves at Christmas, including a lack of turkeys.

1pm update: Cheaper wine for British consumers as Truss closes in on New Zealand trade deal 

Shoppers could be in line for cheaper wine as the UK Government said “good progress” is being made in efforts to secure a free trade deal with New Zealand.

Trade Secretary Liz Truss said her team is working to finalise an agreement with the Commonwealth country “in the coming weeks”.

A post-Brexit free trade deal could see prices lowered on New Zealand wine, including Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, which currently face tariffs of up to 20p per bottle.

12pm update: Boris asserts Global Britain as Biden looks to UK over Brussels

Boris Johnson has proved the UK doesn’t need the EU as he takes the lead in urging US President Joe Biden to extend the Kabul evacuation deadline following the Taliban’s Afghanistan takeover.

The leaders will speak during an emergency G7 summit on Tuesday as the Government presses for American troops to remain beyond August 31 to secure the capital’s airport for rescue flights.

Ministers still want to evacuate thousands more people including UK passport holders and those under the Afghan relocations and assistance policy (Arap) scheme.

11am update: France blocks EU decision to grant English company new contract to patrol Channel

France has blocked an EU decision to use a British company for controlling migrants crossings in the Channel.

According to Le Journal du Dimanche, France has vetoed a decision by EU border agency Frontex to contract a British company for the managing of migrants crossings in the English Channel.

The French newspaper claimed DEA Aviation, based at Retford Airport, Nottinghamshire, was to be granted the contract by Frontex but Emmanuel Macron’s government allegedly blocked the move because of Brexit.

10am update: SNP makes taxpayers fork out £7m on world offices to ‘pretend Scotland is independent’

A controversial SNP policy involving overseas offices will cost Scottish taxpayers £7.1million a year following a “coalition of chaos” deal.

Under a deal agreed between the SNP and Scottish Greens, two new Scottish Government overseas offices in Warsaw and Copenhagen will be opened.

These offices aim to promote Scotland’s interests in Central Europe and the Nordic countries, which include separation from the UK.

9am update: PM announces new trade envoys to boost British business 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed ten new trade envoys who will boost British business in dynamic markets such as Australia, Brazil and Canada.

The Trade Envoys, who include including Lord Botham, David Mundell MP and Conor Burns MP will use their skills, experience, and market knowledge to help UK businesses find new export and investment opportunities and promote UK trade in their allocated market. 

The Government already has Trade Envoys in more than 60 countries, drawn from a cross-section of parties, with Baroness Hoey, Stephen Timms MP, Lord Walney and Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP also being appointed in this round.

8am update: Jim Sillars says Sturgeon made mistake in Brexit campaign 

Former SNP depute leader Jim Sillars has argued Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a mistake in her campaign against Brexit that could reverberate in any future independence campaign.

Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly used the majority of Scots who voted to stay in the EU as proof Scotland has been dragged out of the bloc against its will, but Mr Sillars claims “rejecting the result because they didn’t like it, the nationalists invite the same conduct by unionists in any future ballot on independence”.

He also suggested in his new book, entitled A Difference Of Opinion: My Political Journey, that the Scottish First Minister’s initial support for a second, confirmatory referendum on Brexit could lead to similar calls being made if Scotland votes for independence.