You never mentioned the extra costs! Brexit backlash as UK fishermen fume at Boris

Fishing: French behaving in 'appalling manner' says Gardiner

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Months before the UK ended its membership of the European Union in 2019, the Prime Minister told fishermen in Devon they will need to “take on extra staff” because they will be “so busy”.

According to Brixham fisherman, Ian Perkes, the Prime Minister said: “With all this free trade, they’re going to want our fish.”

However, the fisherman’s opinion of the Prime Minister has changed dramatically over recent months.

He told the Guardian: “I’m disappointed.

“He never mentioned the extra costs.”

Britain is currently in a dispute with France over fishing licences but Mr Perkes believes that, if there was no Brexit, there would not be a dispute.

Mr Perkes – who voted to leave during the EU referendum – said: “If there wasn’t any Brexit, there wouldn’t be any issues.

“We were getting on fine before that.

“I’ve been trolled since I first revealed this – but I wish I had voted to stay in.

“I never realised we were going to incur all these costs.

“We were told it was going to be free trade.”

However, he went on to say how the best option is for the UK to “toughen up” its stance towards France – who have threatened to blockade their ports.

His thoughts have been echoed by another skipper, Morris Reed, who urged Mr Johnson to “grow a backbone”.

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Mr Reed said: “Boris Johnson needs to grow a backbone and just say enough is enough.

“We should start blocking the harbours, see how they like it. It’s ridiculous.

“There’s a very tight timeline. If scallops are held up 24 hours, they will spoil.”

On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron backtracked on his midnight deadline to resolve the ongoing row with Britain over fishing rights.

Mr Macron climbed down on his threat just hours after saying he was ready to press ahead with retaliatory measures against Britain, suggesting he wanted to give negotiators time to find a solution.

France had earlier said that, starting from 11pm on Monday, it would restrict cross-Channel trade, threatening to turn bickering over fish into a wider trade dispute between two of Europe’s biggest economies.

Mr Macron told reporters the French plan was on hold pending the outcome of renewed talks.

He told reporters: “Since this afternoon, discussions have resumed on the basis of a proposal I made to Prime Minister (Boris) Johnson.

“The talks need to continue.”

He added: “My understanding is that the British were going to come back to us tomorrow with other proposals.

“All that will be worked on. We’ll see where we are tomorrow at the end of the day, to see if things have really changed.

“My wish is that we can find a way out on all these issues.”

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