Brexit LIVE: UK vindicated as Ireland turns on ‘draconian’ EU – industry chiefs blow top

Brexit: Micheal Martin says deal ‘in best interest’ of everyone

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Brendan Byrne urged Charlie McConalogue, Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin’s Minister for the Marine, to “do his duty” taking a stand for the industry – while lambasting the EU. The argument stems from the bloc’s decision to reverse a so-called derogation that allows crews to weigh their catches away from ports, with eurocrats citing alleged violations of the initial agreement.

French, Spanish and Belgian boats which also fish in Irish waters are not required to do likewise.

Brendan Byrne, the chief executive of the Irish Fish Processors and Exporters Association, told Tom McSweeney during his Maritime Ireland radio programme on RTE Mr McConalogue should “do his duty and stand up for the industry he is mandated to represent”.

He added: “The Irish sector has had no visibility of the body of evidence against it that led to this draconian decision.

“We are working in a completely blind way. The Commission has taken this decision and, obviously, there is information contained within that, but none of us has seen that.

“This has had a devastating effect on the fisheries sector.

“We need more visibility, because this is going to impact every level, at every sector of the fisheries in the next two years.

“There’s going to be no quick fix, and this is going to be a long slow slog back to normality.

“This body of evidence that no one has seen but it’s been compiled by someone that has led to a decision by the Commission to revoke our control plan.

“No one knows what we’re accused.

“We can defend our record on our plans, digitally and robustly and we will do that. But let’s see the charges against us.”

7.59am update: Boris Johnson hails ‘new high’ with India as £1billion Brexit trade deal secured

Brexit Britain has reached a “new high” with India and agreed to a £1billion trade agreement, it can be revealed tonight.

Ministers have agreed on a new Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) which will boost “bilateral trade and economic relations” with the world’s fifth-biggest economy. 

The deal is set to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he meets his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during a summit today in a bid to build a new relationship with New Delhi. 

As part of the deal, India will invest more than £533m into the UK economy.

7.55am update: Barnier admits Brexit Britain’s Covid vaccine rollout succeeded without EU ‘bureaucracy’

Michel Barnier has admitted Brexit Britain had a successful coronavirus vaccine rollout, saying the UK’s programme was easier to implement than under the EU’s “bureaucracy”.

Mr Barnier, the EU’s Brexit trade deal negotiator, conceded Britain’s Covid vaccine programme showed how individual states can act faster than the bloc in rolling out life-saving jabs.

While he stopped short of praising Boris Johnson’s Government for the Covid vaccine rollout, he admitted the EU had “faults” with its jab programme.

Mr Barnier was asked in an interview whether Britain’s success in rolling out coronavirus jabs was an “extraordinary advert” for Brexit.

7.47am update: Joe Biden set to reignite anti-Brexit fury as UK-US special relationship unravels- insider

Joe Biden is set to reignite his anti-Brexit fury with the UK by pushing any bumper trade deal with Britain to the “backburner”, an insider has claimed.

A trade deal with the US is seen as one of the major targets for the UK Government but the President is set to extinguish any hopes of a deal in the near future as he refers to Barack Obama’s “playbook”, a Washington commentator has warned.

Despite the years of strong allegiance with the UK and special relationship, former executive assistant to Ronald Reagan, Peggy Grande claimed the new President will place the UK as a low priority on his list.

Although Mr Biden’s trade representative Katherina Tai held talks with Liz Truss this month, Ms Grande claimed it is unsure when a trade deal with the UK may become a priority for the President.

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