It was hardly what the Tories could call the sweet smell of success.
Yesterday morning a fleet of lorries representing the Scottish fishing industry converged on Whitehall and Downing Street bearing messages of post-Brexit protest against Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal.
Fears are high that the industry could collapse altogether as fish prices have plummeted due to bureaucracy that has left catches rotting rather than crossing EU borders.
So it seems Scottish fishery firms decided to bring the problem home to the Tory government by letting ministers experience for themselves the consequences of their decisions.
Curiously, it seems to have taken the Tory-supporting, Brexit-orientated media a while to cotton on to the newsworthiness of the demonstration:
Several years ago the media jumped on hoey and farage doing their rotting fish prank on the Thames.
This morning our own Scottish fishing industry is doing laps of Whitehall in protest and I can't see any kind of coverage anywhere.
What is going on? pic.twitter.com/3Po0amN7G9
— Calum_R91 (@CalumR91) January 18, 2021
They got their in the end, though.
At least 10 lorries were parked up near Downing Street with one carrying the slogan "Brexit Carnage" as shellfish companies protested against severe delays transporting their produce to the EU following a change in rules.
— Fionna O'Leary, 🕯🇪🇺 (@fascinatorfun) January 18, 2021
the rotting fish that Jacob Rees Mogg bragged about last week in Parliament are driven round Parliament, the fool forgets the fishing industry have to sELL fish to the EU to make their lives fishing viable.. the mentality of this Government #wetoldyouBrexitwaswrong https://t.co/v4nggreth5
— Isobel_Waby DEFEND CORBYN (@Isobel_waby) January 18, 2021
The protest seems to have had an effect.
In contrast to Dominic Raab’s claims that delays to fishing exports were just “teething problems”, Boris Johnson announced a £23 million fund to support firms which “through no fault of their own have experienced bureaucratic delays, difficulties getting their goods through, where there is a genuine willing buyer on the other side of the channel”.
He said details of the scheme would be available later in the week.
This Writer will believe it when I see it, but the Scottish fisheries are to be congratulated.
It seems their aromatic lorries may have acted like a dose of smelling salts – and woken up our ministers.
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