‘Brexit carnage’: 20 shellfish vans protest over export chaos in London By Reuters

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By Man Faulconbridge and Kate Holton

LONDON (Reuters) – Greater than 20 shellfish vans parked on roads close to Quantity 10 Downing Avenue and the British parliament in central London on Monday to protest in opposition to post-Brexit paperwork that has stopped them exporting to the European Union.

Vehicles with slogans resembling “Brexit carnage” and “incompetent authorities destroying shellfish business” parked simply metres from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Avenue workplace. Police have been asking the lorry drivers for particulars.

Many Scottish fishermen haven’t been in a position to export their shares to Europe because the begin of the yr after the introduction of catch certificates, well being checks and customs declarations added prolonged delays to their supply occasions, prompting European patrons to reject them.

“We strongly really feel the system might doubtlessly collapse,” mentioned Gary Hodgson, a director of Enterprise Seafoods, which exports dwell and processed crabs and lobsters to the EU and which has vans parked close to Downing Avenue.

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson must be sincere with us, with himself and with the British public concerning the issues for the business,” Hodgson informed Reuters.

Hodgson mentioned he had cancelled a number of lorries since December as a result of onerous crimson tape concerned with exporting to the EU. He mentioned one operator wanted 400 pages of export documentation final week to board a ferry to the EU.

These taking part within the protest mentioned the British authorities wanted to grasp the severity of the issues they face and the impression on coastal communities.

They need a extra workable system and say there’s a scarcity of customs brokers on either side of the Channel.

“Many fishing communities did vote to depart however I don’t assume anybody who did anticipated being constrained by documentation and restrictions which have now been thrust upon us,” Hodgson mentioned.

“We have to deliver the nation collectively now and discover workable options to restrict the harm to the financial system and to guard jobs.”

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