Scottish fish traders say they are losing at least £1 million a day due to Brexit disruption and want compensation from the government

Some boats are landing in Denmark to circumvent chaos in Britain

One exporter told me the situation was a "disgrace"…
Hauliers are refusing to export and EU customers are cancelling orders due to delays

A 1/3 of Scottish boats are tied up at harbours

Labour's @LukePollard says there's a "strong case" for government compensating fishermen whose livelihoods are at stake…
UK Gov points the finger of blame at the SNP government in Holyrood:

“The Scottish Government has persistently refused to accept the democratic vote to leave the EU, but that does not allow them to abdicate their responsibilities to Scottish businesses”…
Right on queue, Labour's Shadow DEFRA Sec and "fish nerd" @LukePollard tells @georginaebailey why the industry has been shafted

“They have been used and rolled out in countless media appearances... When it came down to it, they were sold down the river"…
Scottish seafood companies say they’re close to collapse & need help. Boats are landing in the EU to avoid UK paperwork. The industry is furious with UK Gov response, which is to blame Sturgeon & ask traders to be more careful. A crisis that’ll do v little to shore up the Union.
DFDS, the Scottish fish industry’s main logistics provider, has paused groupage exports until January 18…

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22 Dec 20
The @Foodanddrinkfed's Ian Wright gives government both barrels

He says much of the chaos "should've been avoided" as HMG was "well aware of the power" of its Covid announcement

He says HMG should compensate affected traders "who have lost out from that failure of authority"
Stark from the @RHANews' Duncan Buchanan, who says port chaos is of "a different order of magnitude, and in the context of Brexit and what is coming from January 1, this is the start of a very, very serious supply chain disruption of the like that probably have never experienced"
The RHA's Buchanan says the government's reported plan to test drivers is "a waste of time" and "knee-jerk" policy

He says it is "counterproductive" as it'll just lead to drivers mixing in a field in Kent

The treatment of drivers is "pathetic," he adds

Damning evidence so far
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20 Dec 20
This is a crisis for supply chains just 11 days before the shock of Brexit. The French ban applies to inbound freight but many European drivers won’t head to the UK if they can’t immediately make the return trip. The next 48 hrs could be a preview of what’s coming in two weeks.
Ian Wright, @Foodanddrinkfed CEO: “Tonight’s suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France has the potential to cause serious disruption to UK Christmas fresh food supplies... Truckers will not want to travel here if they have a real fear of getting marooned.”
Statement from @LogisticsUKNews: “Shoppers should not panic buy – retailers will be making every effort to ensure there is stock within the system... We are maintaining close contact with HMG to ensure that supplies of fresh produce are available throughout Xmas & the New Year.” Image
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23 Sep 20
Michael Gove reveals some pretty alarming statistics to the the House of Commons

Just 24% of businesses believe they're fully ready for the end of the Brexit transition period

Nearly double — 43% — think the transition period will be extended
Gove reveals the government's worst-case scenario estimates:

- 50% of big businesses and just 20% of SMEs will have the correct paperwork to export to the EU from January

- As few as 30% of HGVs will arrive at border with correct paperwork, while the rest face being sent back
Here are the sections of Michael Gove's House of Commons statement containing those eyebrow-raising statistics

Less than 4 months to go...
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23 Sep 20
New: @LogisticsUKNews tells Michael Gove that hauliers are still waiting for the government to provide details on how borders and new systems will work

They say they have "long warned government" about potential chaos at the borders and it is "incumbent" on HMG to give answers
There's anger among hauliers after a few days of the government appearing to shift blame for potential chaos in January

- Gove's letter warned of 7k lorries queuing on the motorway if UK traders aren't ready for changes
- Eustice yday day suggested disruption would be EU's fault
HMG is "making villains" of hauliers, @BIFA said

"Don't start pointing the finger of blame in our direction when you have still to provide all of the tools to do the job," it told @Joe_Mayes

"Give our members all they information they need, and systems that actually work..."
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16 Sep 20
Brandon Lewis says he gave the correct answer when he said last week that HMG's plan for Northern Ireland would break international law

This is after Lord Keen said yday that Lewis answered the wrong question and Priti Patel said it wouldn't break international law

All clear?
Simon Hoare puts to Brandon Lewis the not unreasonable point that given the "magnitude and sensitivity of the issues," shouldn't the government have put in the Internal Market Bill a commitment to exhausting joint committee talks and arbitration before breaking international law
Hoare tells Lewis that the "heat, steam, anxiety, fear" created by the plan to break int law was totally unnecessary

He says HMG should have made clear that this would be the last resort following JC talks and arbitration

It was "rather clumsy," he says

Many Tory MPs agree
Read 7 tweets
8 Sep 20
Labour’s @LouHaigh grills Brandon Lewis on HMG’s contentious plans for the protocol:

She says Jones’ exit shows concern “runs to the very top”

Johnson negotiated the WA and campaigned on it, she points out

She says the PM looks like he’s using NI as “a political football”
Ouch! Former PM Theresa May asks Brandon Lewis how the UK government “can reassure future international partners” that it’ll respect agreements it enters into

She says the UK government is “now changing” how the NI protocol operates after singing up to it with the EU
May’s question to Lewis: "How can the government reassure future international partners that the UK can be trusted to abide by the legal obligations of the agreements it signs?"
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