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Boris Johnson warned of British fishermen REVOLT at G7 summit in Cornwall

Boris Johnson warned of ‘protest’ at G7 Summit by expert

Bruges Group social and political commentator Dr Niall McCrae insisted Boris Johnson’s Brexit fishing deal was not good enough for the UK fishing industry. During an interview with Express.co.uk, he claimed UK fishermen could demonstrate at the next G7 summit which is set to take place in Cornwall in June. The co-author of the political book ‘Moralitis’ argued the deal should have been significantly better for UK fishermen and noted Cornwall’s community hold fishing as an integral part of its economy.

Dr McCrae said: “Overall, this looks like a very poor deal for British fishermen.

“There is a support package provided by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove but in fishing communities, I think it is seen as an insult.

“Fishermen want to catch fish, not take handouts from the Government.

“In June there is going to be a G7 summit in Cornwall, of all places.

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“Boris Johnson and most of the Cabinet Ministers will be down there and I predict quite a protest.”

Dr McCrae explained why the Cornwall community and fishing community would use this as an opportunity to display their frustrations.

He also attacked the Scottish Government for their reasoning for Scottish fishermen struggling post-Brexit.

He said: “This is a county where fishing is a very big part of the economy.

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“They do feel that this is a betrayal, in Scotland it is a slightly different picture because the SNP has been scoring political points and blaming Brexit red tape for blockages with the transport of fish.

“This is really about the establishment dragging its heels, particularly in Scotland, a very anti-Brexit Government there.

“They don’t want Brexit to succeed and are quite happy to sacrifice livelihoods.

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“I think overall, British fishermen will see this as a very bad deal.

“They will feel let down by the Westminster Government and Boris Johnson and in Scotland, they will see let down by their devolved Government too.

“To some extent, the same can be said about Wales and Northern Ireland.

“It could and should have been a lot better.”

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