Brexit Massacre: 20 Seafood Trucks Protest in London over Export Chaos

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FILE PHOTO: Fishing boats docked at dawn in the Jutland town of Thyboron, Denmark, March 18, 2019. REUTERS / Andrew Kelly

Por Guy Faulconbridge y Kate Holton

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – More than 20 seafood trucks parked on Monday in streets near 10 Downing Street and the British Parliament in central London, protesting the post-Brexit bureaucracy, which has halted their operations. exports to the European Union.

A few yards from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office in Downing Street, there were trucks with slogans like “Brexit Massacre” and “Incompetent Government Destroying Seafood Industry.”

Many Scottish fishermen have been unable to export their products to Europe since the beginning of the year, as the introduction of catch certificates, health checks and customs declarations added long delays to their delivery times, causing European buyers to will reject.

“We strongly believe that the system could fall apart,” said Gary Hodgson, director of Venture Seafoods, which exports live and processed crabs and lobsters to the EU and has trucks parked near Downing Street.

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to be honest with us, with himself and with the British people about the problems in the industry,” Hodgson told Reuters.

Hodgson said it had canceled several trucks since December due to the onerous red tape involved in exporting to the EU. He said an operator needed 400 pages of export documentation last week to board a ferry to the EU.

(Information from Guy Faulconbridge; edited by Kate Holton; translated by Tomás Cobos)

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