‘Brexit carnage’: shellfish trucks protest in London over export chaos

‘Brexit carnage’: shellfish trucks protest in London over export chaos


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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Fishing ships are seen docked at sunrise in the village of Thyboron in Jutland, Denmark
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Fishing ships are seen docked at sunrise in the village of Thyboron in Jutland, Denmark

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By Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton

LONDON (Reuters) – More than 20 shellfish trucks parked on roads near British parliament and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street residence on Monday to protest against post-Brexit bureaucracy that they say has stopped them exporting to the European Union.

Many fishermen have been unable to export to the EU since catch certificates, health checks and customs declarations were introduced at the start of this year, delaying their deliveries and prompting European buyers to reject them.

Trucks with slogans such as “Brexit carnage” and “incompetent government destroying shellfish industry” parked metres from Johnson’s 10 Downing Street office in central London. Police were asking the lorry drivers for details.

“We strongly feel the system could potentially collapse,” said Gary Hodgson, a director of Venture Seafoods, which exports live and pr

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