Brexit: EU ‘have shown their true colours’ with UK says host
David Collins, Professor of International Economic Law at City, University of London said the move was a sign the EU was “not interested” in fulfilling its “international trade obligations”.
The position, announced by the EU Commission last week, has also been branded “petty” and “indefensible” by George Eustice.
The introduction of new checks and paperwork since the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31 has caused disruption to exports of fresh fish and seafood to the EU.
Producers have expressed frustration at the lack of Government action, while last month seafood hauliers protested against the Brexit fishing deal by stacking lorries in central London.
Mr Collins further claimed the new measures were “most likely” a violation of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) argeed on Christmas Eve.
He continued: “A complete (or near-complete) ban is the most extreme form of a trade barrier.
The international law academic concluded: “While amicable negotiations are often helpful, the UK must be prepared to avail itself of every recourse under international law to protect its interests.
“The gloves are about to come off.”
French MEP Pierre Karleskind, who chairs the European Parliament’s committee on fisheries, said Brexit was to blame for the issues before he admitted they do not make sense.
SEE BELOW FOR THE LATEST BREXIT NEWS FROM EXPRESS.CO.UK:
An academic has claimed the EU broke the TCA
Dominic Rabb dismissed Brexit rumours this morning
The Commission President was forced to apologise, more than once, after she engaged in a bitter contractual row with the Oxford vaccine producer AstraZeneca.
The row escalated when Mrs von der Leyen threatened the UK with vaccine export bans against Northern Ireland by triggering Article 16 of the Brexit protocol.
The move was swiftly retracted and the contracts with AstraZeneca were published after MEPs demanded clarity from the EU chief.
“The UK has 43 percent of the global forex market”
Fishing chiefs in the Boulogne-sur-Mer, just over an hour from the UK’s maritime border with the EU have complained as they are yet to be granted a licence to fish in the UK’s 12-mile zone.
Oliver Leprêtre, chairman of the Regional Fisheries Committee stressed the local fishing industry was more than 70 percent dependent on British waters for…
Go to the news source: Brexit latest: Gloves are off! EU shellfish ban sign of what is to come -Boris t…