Brexit LIVE: New fishing war erupts as Frost makes last-ditch Article 16 rallying cry
Farage praises ‘big victory for Brexit Britain’
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In February, the UK said it wanted to ban bottom trawling at the Dogger Bank conservation zone in the North Sea but Denmark’s fisheries minister Rasmus Prehn has lashed out, claiming such plans were not in line with the post-Brexit deal. The terms of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement struck between the UK and EU at the end of last year state fishers from the bloc can continue to access UK waters like before until June 30, 2026. Mr Prehn told The Guardian: “The Brexit agreement ensures full access [for EU vessels] to fish in UK waters until 2026. And therefore, of course, it is a very big problem for us if the British government is going to change that.
“We find that unacceptable and it’s a breach of our agreement.”
This row comes with Lord Frost again warning Article 16 “remains on the table” but insisted there is still time to “turn away from confrontation” as he prepares for crunch talks with European Commission vice president Maros Sefcovic in Brussels tomorrow.
He wrote on Twitter: “Article 16 remains on the table, but I would still prefer to agree consensual solutions with the EU to resolve the issues.
“Intensive talks continue, and I’ll be meeting @MarosSefcovic again later this week.
“There is still time, with goodwill and ambition, to turn away from confrontation, move beyond these current difficulties, and find a better way of protecting the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.”
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EU shoots itself in foot with new Brexit travel fees
A new EU scheme means holidays in the Schengen Zone will become more complicated and expensive from next year.
From the end of next year, British holidaymakers will need to pay a fee to step foot in the Schengen Zone – a zone where 26 European countries abolished their internal borders for the free and unrestricted movement of people.
The European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) is due to be rolled out next year.
The visa-waiver scheme means all nationals from third-countries must complete a orm and pay a fee in order to travel to the EU.
This is the latest in a growing list of pre-holiday admin, which currently includes proof of Covid vaccine certification, testing requirements, and possible quarantine, depending the traveller’s destination.
Abbie Downes, International Account Manager at Jacobs Media Group, told Express.co.uk: “Covid combined with Brexit has created many additional layers to travelling abroad, from expensive Covid tests to lengthy entry forms with unique entry requirements per country.
“It is hoped the ETIAS process and fee will not act as an additional deterrent for many Brits who have put off travelling since the pandemic.”
‘Clear for many current implementation of Protocol continues to be very problematic’
Lord Frost has taken to Twitter following a two-day trip to Northern Ireland.
He wrote: “I had a great two days in Northern Ireland meeting with community groups, political leaders and businesses like @musgravemktpl in Belfast.
“Thank you also to Good Morning Ulster for the chance to talk to @SJBretty & @csbuckler.
“While I heard a range of views, it’s clear that for many the current implementation of the Protocol continues to be very problematic.
“The need to find sustainable solutions is as great as ever.”
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