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News / No surprise seafood exporters are angry – Carmichael

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REACTING to today’s (Monday) protest of dozens of seafood processors in London, Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael says the UK Government should not be surprised by the anger many in the industry are feeling.

HGVs have been lined up in the streets around Whitehall demonstrating against the blockages they are facing in trade with the EU.

Reacting to Boris Johnson blaming seafood exporters for their post-Brexit crash in sales, the Orkney and Shetland MP said the prime minister needed to stop accusing others for his failures.

“Boris Johnson was told by Scottish fishermen last week that he knew that his claims about controlling all the fish in UK waters were not true,” Carmichael said. “Despite that he is repeating them today.

“This will only fuel the growing anger of fishing communities where everyone now knows that the prime minister dropped the ball and broke just about every one of the promises he had made.

“I had hoped that after Brexit the prime minister would stop trying to blame other people for his failures. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case.

“Boris Johnson used fishermen, betrayed their trust and now seeks to blame them for his failings.”

Carmichael added: “Talk of ‘teething problems’ looks more and more ludicrous with every hour that passes.

“Fishermen feel betrayed by those who used and abused their support – they deserve better. The government has a duty to make good the harms caused by their complacency and incompetence.”


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