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Breaking News ! The UK Fisheries Minister was too busy with Christmas to focus on reading the Brexit fishing deal with the EU. Fishing minister Victoria Prentis, the under-secretary of State for Farming and Fishing, admitted she did not read the fisheries deal when it was published on Christmas Eve because she was “very busy organising the local Nativity trail”. Giving evidence to a Lords committee, the minister admitted “things are tricky at the moment” on exports but said her team is “working hard” to resolve issues as they arose. She added: “I think the deal is a good one for the UK, in fisheries terms, it’s true to say that we had, as an industry, dreamed some pretty big dreams and in some cases it’s true to say that we didn’t get everything we asked for.” Read More Related Articles Get the latest Scottish politics headlines with our new daily newsletter Read More Related Articles Brexit red tape 'worst nightmare' for Scottish seafood exporters SNP claim The Tory MP also caused concern after suggesting one solution to border delays was for Brits to eat more fish.
.” Scottish Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael said: “It is clear that the fisheries minister was not brought into discussions on the deal until after the event." The Orkney and Shetland MP added: “Surely she could have taken a little time away from the festivities to look after her own departmental responsibilities?”
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Carmichael has secured an urgent question in the Commons on Thursday amid reports the sector is losing £1 million a day in landings with fish prices plummeted by 80 per cent at Peterhead Fish Market and while a third of Scotland’s fishing fleet tied up in the harbour. He said: “After a week of intensifying disruption for seafood exporters and with long-term challenging from the deal as well I would urge businesses affected by the trading changes to contact me so that we can put the strongest possible case to the Minister.”
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