The Government has provided a sum of £23 million to the fishing industry due to the serious financial impact they have faced from Brexit and Covid-19. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, admitted that there have been “teething problems” amidst some exporters facing some huge losses from their inability to trade. Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Opposition, questioned why this situation had happened given the amount of time that the Government had to plan for Brexit.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said in a statement:
“The fund will be targeted at fishing export businesses who can evidence a genuine loss in exporting fish and shellfish to the EU. Support will be available immediately and paid retrospectively to cover losses incurred since 1 January 2021. The scheme will be targeted at small and medium enterprises and the maximum claim available to individual operators will be £100,000.”
George Eustice (in main photo), the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said:
“This £23 million scheme will provide crucial support for fishermen and seafood exporters, who have experienced delays and a lack of demand for fish from the restaurant industry in the UK and Europe. We are continuing to work closely with the fishing and aquaculture sectors to make sure that they are supported, and can continue to fish whilst contributing to the economies of our coastal communities.”