Brexit LIVE: Danish fishermen rage at EU over lack of compensation ‘We’ve been cut off’
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Under the UK’s Trade and Cooperation Agreement, Denmark is set to get €228.6million from the EU Commission’s Compensation Fund. Eurocrats say the fund is aimed to mitigate the effect that the British withdrawal from the EU has on Danish businesses with interests in the UK.
Of the fund, Danish fishermen were due to receive €148 million due to the loss of fishing quotas to the UK.
But due to Brussels red tape, the cash cannot be directly used for compensation.
Svend-Erik Andersen, chairman of the Danish Fisheries Association, which represents trawlermen across the country, said: “The agreement seems to cut off the Danes’ fishermen from being fully compensated for their losses.
“It will be deeply problematic if the fishermen who are hardest hit by the income cannot be compensated directly.
“The Danish Fisheries Association will continue to fight for a definite compensation for lost quotas and is now in dialogue with the government and the parliamentary parties to find a fair solution.
“The quotas have been taken from us and given to the British in a bargaining chip to get the Brexit deal that fell into place on Christmas Eve.”
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