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Is Johnson taking us back to war with France, over FISH?

Some of us have spent years saying the Tories are living in the past; now Boris Johnson’s Brexit is proving the truth of it.

He is putting us on the brink of war with France for the first time in 206 years.

Over fish.

He has made us the villains by trying to impose rules on fishing near the Channel Islands that were not part of the UK-EU trade deal. The French are – rightly – refusing to countenance them and are threatening to cut off Jersey’s power supply.

So he has reacted in a manner that is not only arrogant, it is also typically – for a Tory – archaic: he is sending a gunboat. Two, in fact,

Spike Milligan was writing jokes about this, back in the 1950s; rulers of a country whose empire is falling into ruins, desperately trying to hold on to a greatness they no longer have with brinkmanship. The comedy is that they would be fools to launch the military expeditions they threaten.

But there is nothing funny about this. It merely proves that those who claimed that the EU – a pan-European alliance of nations – was created to prevent another war on that continent were right; the UK’s hardly been out for five minutes and we’re setting ourselves up for a rumble.

It is ridiculous. It is insane.

Johnson will lead the UK into a humiliating defeat – both legally and militarily, if he takes it that far.

And he’s going to make the rest of us – right-thinking UK citizens – look ridiculous too.

If nobody reintroduces him to sanity, I wonder where it will end.

Source: UK sends Royal Navy to patrol Jersey port amid fishing row – BBC News

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Bone-head: Tory Brexiteer humiliates himself in Newsnight interview

Peter Bone: he appears to be auditioning for a role as the Ghost of Brexit Yet to Come.

Peter Bone made a name for himself as an annoyance to David Cameron during Prime Minister’s Questions, back between 2010 and 2016.

Now it seems he is embarking on a new career as an embarrassment to the whole Conservative Party.

That was certainly the effect of his Newsnight interview on September 11.

Watch it for yourself:

If your head is spinning after listening to all that self-justifying waffle, I’ve found some handy comments to clear up what he was saying and why it is tripe:

(I think maybe some of these commenters were a bit “tired and emotional” when they were typing these messages. @elisled2, above, probably meant a “waiting” game, rather than a “whiting” game, whatever that may be.)

Well, not all of the comments made sense of what he was saying…

Needless to say, his performance prompted criticism of its own:

Perhaps the best summary came from a parody account:

I’m sure some people supported what he had to say – sad, misled people.

But it seems clear that most of the UK is sick of him, of his party, and of their constant failures.

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‘No deal’ Brexit looking more likely as UK negotiator rattles his sabre at the EU

If the UK government is not “scared” of leaving the EU without a trade deal, then it is because the interests of UK government ministers will not be harmed.

Reading between the lines of the BBC’s story, perhaps they expect the taxpayer to fund any businesses in which they have an interest?

The downside is that UK negotiator David Frost is saying your Tory government couldn’t care less if your business crashes to dust as a result of high tariffs that will be imposed by the EU nations in January.

Both sides want a deal agreed next month in order to have it signed off by politicians on both sides of the Channel by the end of the transition period on 31 December.

Differences remain on issues such as fishing and the level of taxpayer support the UK will be able to provide for businesses, also referred to as state aid rules.

The EU has said it wants full access for its boats to fish in UK waters in return for giving the UK fishing industry full access to EU markets.

On state aid, the EU has expressed concern that it could give business in the UK an unfair advantage over their European competitors and Mr Barnier has previously said the EU will require “robust” guarantees in this area if it is to agree a deal.

This Writer would be inclined to suggest that the EU should keep its nose out of the UK’s businesses if we could be sure that taxpayer funding for our firms could be administered in a reasonable way – but that’s not what we’re seeing.

Look at the Covid-19 crisis: the Tories have deliberately manipulated government procurement mechanisms to give whomping great wodges of public money to private companies run by their friends. That’s not reasonable!

On balance, the EU’s insistence on interfering in the way UK businesses are run is not acceptable, though. Does Michel Barnier really think a little state aid is going to make much difference for a single country dealing with the world’s largest trading bloc?

If This Writer was running a large concern, though, I would be worried.

Whatever happens, it seems UK businesses will end up paying large tariffs to sell into the EU, while receiving no support from their own government. Am I right?

Source: Brexit: Negotiator David Frost says UK not scared of walking away – BBC News

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Brexiters betrayed: UK may trade fishing rights for financial services access post-Brexit

Fishing was a huge sticking-point for supporters of Brexit during the run-up to the referendum – and after.

But fishing constitutes a tiny part of the UK economy – around 0.1 per cent – while financial services are huge.

So it’s a no-brainer that the Tories are going to swap fishing rights for access to financial markets – even though it will infuriate the people who supported them.

To Brexiters, all I can say is: it is Brexit, boys and girls. Not the Brexit you wanted; just the Brexit you voted for.

Britain could end up giving EU fishing fleets access to its waters in exchange for favourable terms on the continent for City financiers, the bloc’s trade chief has suggested.

Phil Hogan, the Irish commissioner who will be one of the key figures in the next round of Brexit talks, said there would be “trade-offs” to make in talks with both sides seeking concessions in different areas.

The suggestion is likely to enrage Brexiteers, who see fishing rights as a major part of British sovereignty – despite the industry’s marginal role in the UK economy, accounting for just 0.1 per cent of GDP.

Source: UK could trade its fishing rights for financial services access after Brexit, EU trade chief suggests | The Independent

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UK won’t be able to patrol its fishing waters after Brexit, leaked memo reveals

The UK’s fishing waters: The nation has 12 boats to patrol the area marked in blue on the map. Good luck!

It seems clear the Conservative government has failed to make any practical preparations at all for the “no deal” Brexit Boris Johnson wants so much.

(Also, the Tories seem to have bought their email system from the same place as Capita, considering the fact that it seems to be sending confidential correspondence to unexpected places.)

So now we know that the UK has just 12 ships available to patrol an area of fishing water three times the size of the country’s land mass.

But don’t worry – Tory ministers are “confident” security will be enforced.

There is “a lot of uncertainty” about the UK’s capacity to patrol fishing waters after a no-deal Brexit, a government memo mistakenly emailed to the BBC has revealed.

The memo, from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, says there are just 12 ships “to monitor a space three times the size of the surface area of the UK”.

In the event of leaving without a deal, the UK would become an independent coastal state and leave the Common Fisheries Policy, which states the EU’s shared rules about how much fish countries can catch and where.

But ministers said they are confident security will be enforced after Brexit.

The more honest answer is that anybody will be able to wander into our waters, steal our fish to the point where none are left, and wander out again – but you can’t expect honesty from a Tory, can you?

Source: Brexit: Email slip-up reveals no-deal fishing patrol ‘uncertainty’ – BBC News

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