UK pledges £23 million to help fishing businesses affected by Brexit

Around 20 lorries blocked access to government departments on Whitehall in a bid to pressurise ministers to offer financial support for the sector. [Shutterstock/Nigel Jarvis]

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged on on Monday £23 million to help fishing businesses affected by Brexit delays after fishing firms brought their protests to central London.

Around 20 lorries blocked access to government departments on Whitehall in a bid to pressurise ministers to offer financial support for the sector which had been told it would be one of the main beneficiaries from the UK leaving the single market and the common fisheries policy.

The fishing industry is losing an estimated £1 million per day due to new paperwork requirements to export their product to the EU market. The result of delays is causing seafood to rot on dockyards, prompting fishing industry bodies to urge fishermen to reduce their daily catch until the teething problems are resolved. (Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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