Jan 13, 2021
Fishing minister too busy to read fisheries Brexit deal when it landed over Christmas
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A fisherman looks out to sea aboard fishing boat ‘About Time’ while trawling in the English Channel from the Port of Newhaven, East Sussex, U.K. on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. While Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed last monthâ€™s trade deal will let the U.K. regain control of its fishing waters by taking back 25% of the European Unionâ€™s rights over five years, many fishermen feel let down.Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg – Jason Alden/Bloomberg
The fisheries minister has raised eyebrows by disclosing she was busy organising a nativity trail on Christmas Eve when the Brexit deal was agreed, and didn’t read its fine print on fish.
Victoria Prentis insisted that the agreement was beneficial for UK boats when she appeared before the Lords EU Environment Sub-Committee on Wednesday, but conceded some quarters of the fishing industry had been hard done by.
The admission she had not filleted the details of the deal straight away was extracted when asked by Lord Teverson, the Lib Dem chairman of the committee: “Did your jaw drop as well when you saw this agreement that had been delivered in fisheries, when really this is such an iconic subject?”
Ms Prentis replied: “No, the agreement came when we were all very busy on Christmas Eve; in my case organising the local nativity trail. We’d been waiting and waiting. It looked like it was coming for probably four days before it actually arrived.”
Her disclosure sparked a backlash among opposition MPs. Scottish Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael told The Daily Record: “It is clear that the fisheries minister was not brought into discussions on the deal until after the event.
“Surely she could have taken a little time away from the festivities to look after her own departmental responsibilities?”.
It came as British seafood exporters continue to battle disruptions that began when the Brexit transition period ended on December 31.
Companies have reported having to delay and cancel shipments to the continent owing to problems gaining the requisite approvals at EU ports. Scottish firms have been among the worst hit.
Boris Johnson on Wednesday promised to compensate Scottish fishermen as he said there were “teething problems” with the new post-Brexit arrangements.
He said he understood the reaction of the fishing community and pledged it would be a “temporary frustration”, but insisted the deal presented “a massive opportunity for Scotland and the whole of the UK with the increase in [fish] quotas”.
Under the terms of the deal, 25 per cent of the value of EU boats’ catch in UK waters will be transferred to the UK fishing fleet over a period of five and a half years.
Mr Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, hit out at the “week of intensifying disruption for seafood exporters” and predicted the deal would entail “long-term challenges” for British fishermen.
He has secured an urgent question in the Commons on the issue on Thursday.
The Scottish Nationalist Party demanded Ms Prentis resign. Philippa Whitford, the SNP’s Brexit spokesman, said: “For the Tory Government’s fisheries minister to admit that she did not even bother to read the details of the damaging deal because she was too busy is unbelievable, and makes her position untenable.”
However, Downing Street said the fisheries minister retained the full confidence of the Prime Minister.
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Shah Rukh Khan Extends Birthday Greetings for Kolkata Knight Riders Co-Owner Jay Mehta (Read Tweet)
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday teased his fans with a tweet, asking if he is affable or not. The superstar’s post came in response to a tweet posted by the official account of Kolkata Knight Riders wishing the team’s co-owner Jay Mehta a happy birthday. “To the most affable gentleman in our set-up. Happiest birthday to our very own #JayMehta! May this year reap unbridled joy, success, and good health #KKR #HappyBirthdayJayMehta,” reads the tweet posted by KKR. Shah Rukh Khan Talks About Knight Riders’ Investment in USA’s MLC, KKR Co-Owner Says Partnership With American Cricket Enterprises and US Cricket Will Grow Into Something Special
Reacting to this tweet, SRK wrote: “Happy Birthday to Jaybhai and all our love to him… but I am not affable or what??!!!” Fans of the superstar responded to his tweet showering him with their love and appreciation. “Coz u r the most affable person in the world,” commented a fan. “Love you infinite times sir,” expressed another fan. “Love you king..See you all in the Big screen in 2021 : #ShahRukhKhan..” wrote another fan. Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha, Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathan, Salman Khan’s Radhe – How 2021 Promises Box Office Revival with These Bollywood Projects
Shah Rukh Khan’s Birthday Wish For KKR Co-Owner Jay Mehta
To the most affable gentleman in our set-up ????
Happiest birthday to our very own #JayMehta! May this year reap unbridled joy, success, and good health ????#KKR #HappyBirthdayJayMehta pic.twitter.com/G1l9GAhUeM
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) January 17, 2021
“#Pathan craze. Announce this movie sir It’ll create havoc at the Box Office,” suggested another fan. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Shah Rukh Khan is currently shooting for his forthcoming film “Pathan”, directed by Siddharth Anand and co-starring Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. As per reports last year, SRK is also scheduled to feature in South director Atlee’s next film. Rumours suggest he has a double role in the film.
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