Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has said there should be “no surprise” that seafood exporters have taken to the streets to protest against the disruption they are facing. Dozens of HGVs have been reported around Whitehall in London demonstrating against the blockages they are facing in trade with the EU. Some reports suggest that protestors intend to dump unsellable seafood cargo in the streets.
Reacting to reports that the Prime Minister has blamed seafood exporters for their post-Brexit crash in sales, claiming they are “not filling in the right forms”, and that the UK would control “all the fish”, Mr Carmichael said:
“Boris Johnson was told by Scottish fishermen last week that he knew that his claims about controlling all the fish in U.K. waters were not true. Despite that he is repeating them today. This will only fuel the growing anger of fishing communities where everyone now knows that the Prime Minister dropped the ball and broke just about every one of the promises he had made.
“I had hoped that after Brexit the Prime Minister would stop trying to blame other people for his failures. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case.
“Boris Johnson used fishermen, betrayed their trust and now seeks to blame them for his failings.”
Commenting earlier on the protests, Mr Carmichael said:
“I suspect that it will be a pleasant change for these lorry drivers to be able to drive instead of sitting waiting in a depot or at a port somewhere. It should be no surprise to anyone in Whitehall that our seafood exporters are angry. That anger will only rise in the coming days if these issues are not resolved.
“Talk of "teething problems" looks more and more ludicrous with every hour that passes. Fishermen feel betrayed by those who used and abused their support – they deserve better. The Government has a duty to make good the harms caused by their complacency and incompetence.”