Brexit: Femi says fisheries may not be resolved for 10 years
The UK has begun a new future outside the European Union’s trading structures, with Boris Johnson saying it offers the chance to “transform our country”. But arch-Remainer Femi Oluwole claimed the new post-Brexit relationship between the UK and the Brussels bloc will take a further 10 years to be finalised. He told Sky News: “This isn’t done, it isn’t even close to being done. That was the big slogan for Boris Johnson, ‘get Brexit done’, and as for fish?
“No. In fact, we have the same amount of fish now until 2026, at which point it will maybe be around two thirds.
“But the EU has already said that if we increase of fish that we have and therefore decrease the amount of fish that the EU can fish in our waters, there will be tariffs, and there will be more negotiations after that.
“And then a review period four years later, which means that fishing won’t be resolved for at least 10 years.
“As for the idea of taking back control, again this deal is specifically designed to make sure that if we use that control to gain competitive advantage over the EU then there will be tariffs as a result.
“So we haven’t got a free trade deal and sovereignty. We’ve got only one or the other and we’re stuck in a position of having to choose between the two permanently.”
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The comments sparked the fury of Sky News viewers who took to Twitter to express their anger.
One wrote: “Femi, I hate Brexit as much as anyone but it’s over, done, complete. Time to move on.”
And another: “The whole world probably watches your complete and utter embarrassment meltdowns, get a grip.”
One added: “What a truly brilliant day for the UK.
“Not a good day for Soros or his employees like Femi.”
Boris Johnson signs Brexit trade deal with EU
There will be disruption as a result of the increased bureaucracy between the UK and its largest trading partner, but there was little sign of the chaos some had feared on January 1.
And the Prime Minister said the UK has “taken back control of our money, our laws and our waters” after the Brexit transition period with the European Union came to an end at 11pm on December 31.
Lower trade volumes on the New Year’s Day bank holiday could mean the full impact of the new regime is yet be felt, but freight appeared to be moving freely at the borders with Ireland and France under the new arrangements.
Mr Johnson said the decision to leave the single market and customs union ended a “47-year experiment” of European Union membership.
He said the EU had provided the UK with a “safe European home” during the 1970s, but the country has now “changed out of all recognition” with global perspectives.
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The UK is “free to do things differently, and if necessary better, than our friends in the EU” in 2021, he said in a video message to mark New Year.
As well as the Christmas Eve deal with Brussels, the UK has reached several agreements with non-EU countries – such as Japan – to ensure continuity of trading arrangements for British companies from January 1.
Mr Johnson, writing in the Daily Telegraph, said the “great new deal” with the EU honours the “most basic promises” of the 2016 referendum, and added that the UK has “taken back control of our money, our laws and our waters”.
“And yet it is also the essence of this treaty that it provides certainty for UK business and industry, because it means that we can continue to trade freely – with zero tariffs and zero quotas – with the EU.”
In a sign that the UK will break away from the EU rules it inherited, Mr Johnson said: “We need the Brexit-given chance to turbocharge those sectors in which we excel, to do things differently and to do them better.”
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