UK fisheries experiencing “one or two teething issues” says minister George Eustice

In what must rank as the greatest understatement of the year thus far, Environment Secretary George Eustice told Times Radio that the UK has suffered “one or two teething issues” in exporting fish to the European Union after Brexit.

Small fishing firms have largely failed to export their goods to Europe after the post-Brexit introduction of catch and health certificates, customs declarations and higher transport costs made trade too expensive and too slow for EU buyers.

In a blatantly protectionist move Brussels has also told British fishermen they are indefinitely banned from selling live mussels, oysters, clams, cockles and scallops to EU member states.

The shellfish can only be transported to the Continent if they have already been treated in purification plants.

Despite all this “the border flows have actually been for most sectors very good,” Eustice told Times Radio.

On Tuesday meanwhile the BBC reported on the Belgian-based Stonemanor British stores, a source of much needed home comforts for the large UK expat community, which has been forced to close its doors for the first time in 39 years due to red tape preventing deliveries of fresh supplies for five weeks.

However, with shipments coming in over the weekend the company plans to reopen both stores early next week.

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