Brexit LIVE: Irish fishermen FURIOUS at EU for trade deal sell-out – bloc unity shatters

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Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishemen’s Organisation accused the EU of a “grievous wrong” – and vowed to seek compensation from other members of the EU27. The deal was confirmed yesterday, with Mr Johnson hailing the agreement as one which takes back control of the UK’s “borders, laws, money, trade and fish”.

However, citing “a host of written commitments in official documents pertaining to the fisheries sector post-Brexit”, Mr O’Donoghue claimed more than four and a half years of agreements had “effectively been shredded” by negotiators Michel Barnier and Lord David Frost.

He added: “We cannot stand idly by and allow decades of investment in developing a successful enterprise, to be sacrificed by the shape of this very poor deal.

“In spite of a seismic effort to redress the imbalance of the proposed deal in recent days, not enough has changed and our highly-developed mackerel fishery stands to lose out dramatically.

“While the full detail of the text is not yet available, it will require very close examination and analysis.

“Make no mistake – we will be seeking compensation from our EU colleagues to put right this grievous wrong.

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Mr O’Donoghue added: “We won’t accept this. Moreover, we fully expect the Irish Government to deliver the requisite compensation in the form of transfer of mackerel quota from the other EU coastal states which pro rata, have seen a much less severe impact on their respective mackerel fisheries.”

His remarks are in contrast to comments last month, in which he very much stuck to the Brussels line.

In a statement issued on the KFO’s website, he said: “When you leave a club, you relinquish the privileges that were afforded to you when you were a member. It’s a simple as that.

“It is crystal clear, the 26 percent increase in fishing opportunities which was granted by the EU to the UK should end with UK membership.

“With Britain now playing hardball on fisheries and fighting to doubling its catch, the EU negotiators must clearly spell out that the starting point in any fisheries negotiations has to exclude any additional catches it obtained, as part of the EU.”

Speaking yesterday, Mr Johnson said: “While we made our fair share of compromises during the negotiations, we never wavered from the goal of restoring national sovereignty – the central purpose of leaving the EU.”

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Irish fishermen have reacted furiously after the UK and the EU struck their last-gasp trade deal yesterday – with the head of a prominent trade organisation claiming they had been “sacrificed” by Brussels.

Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishemen’s Organisation accused the EU of a “grievous wrong” – and vowed to seek compensation from other members of the EU27. The deal was confirmed yesterday, with Mr Johnson hailing the agreement as one which takes back control of the UK’s “borders, laws, money, trade and fish”.

However, citing “a host of written commitments in official documents pertaining to the fisheries sector post-Brexit”, Mr O’Donoghue claimed more than four and a half years of agreements had “effectively been shredded” by negotiators Michel Barnier and Lord David Frost.

He added: “We cannot stand idly by and allow decades of investment in developing a successful enterprise, to be sacrificed by the shape of this very poor deal.



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