Jersey: French boats join post-Brexit fishing rights protest

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June Mummery, a former Brexit Party MEP, took issue with comments Lia Nici made during a debate on the Queen’s Speech in the House of Commons. She tore apart the account given by Great Grimsby’s MP which referenced Boris Johnson’s “levelling up” campaign promise.

In the speech, Ms Nici told her fellow MPs: “I am here to champion Great Grimbsy, to support the people of Grimsby to achieve their potential, to ensure that businesses know that my constituency is a great place to come and invest.

“This is what levelling up means: improved skills, more jobs, affordable homes and safer streets.”

On Tuesday she sought to remind voters of her efforts to revive the constituency, which is home to the port Grimsby, once a buzzing fishing hub.

She tweeted: “I am championing Great Grimsby.”

Ms Mummery was quick to slap down her claims and pointed to the Conservative MP’s support for the Prime Minister’s post-Brexit trade deal.

The former MEP has continued to campaign on behalf of British fishermen since the UK and the EU signed the agreement last December.

Fishing bosses up and down the country have also been vocally critical of the trade pact, with some accusing Mr Johnson of “selling out” the industry to reach a wider deal with Brussels at the eleventh hour.

Ms Mummery hit back at Ms Nici, accusing her of failing to stick up for fishermen in her constituency.

She tweeted: “The fishing industry would of [sic] created 1000s of jobs for LOCAL people but you signed the diabolical deal that threw Grimsby under the bus.

“Levelling up, what are you talking about, shame you weren’t on the level when you said you would support the fishing industry. Oh dear me!”

While Grimsby continues to be a name synonymous with fish, the former bustling port town has fallen from its former glory.

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During its heydays in the 1950s, the Lincolnshire town boasted a 700-strong fleet.

The Prime Minister’s trade deal took another battering on Tuesday as a DUP delegation said it has given Lord Frost a clear message that the Northern Ireland Protocol must go.

MPs Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Gavin Robinson along with Lord Dodds met with the Brexit Minister this afternoon before announcing their conclusion.

Sir Jeffrey said it was a “direct and forthright exchange of views”, adding that they highlighted the “continuing harm” to businesses and consumers in Northern Ireland “as a direct consequence of the Protocol”.

He added: “Our message was clear and unambiguous, the Protocol must go and the Government should take further unilateral action to restore our province’s full and unfettered access to the United Kingdom internal market.”

Earlier outgoing DUP leader First Minister Arlene Foster accused the EU of having a “tin ear” to concerns about the Protocol.

Her harsh comments came after European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the Protocol needs to be implemented.

A new raft of checks on goods at the ports of Belfast and Larne under the terms of the protocol have sparked anger among unionists and loyalists who feel Northern Ireland is being separated from the rest of the UK.

While talks are continuing between the EU and the UK Government to solve some of the issues linked to the Protocol, outgoing DUP leader Mrs Foster and her successor Edwin Poots have insisted it must be scrapped.

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