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Jersey fishermen blocked the entrance to St Helier Harbour (Image: BBC)Mr Thompson said fishermen were getting "desperate" and they needed a solution to protect their fleet.He said: "I suspect this may just be the start of a show of force."Jersey's environment minister John Young said: "We're not the only community affected by this, the EU is calling the shots."We're all trying to find ways through this so we can get to a stable place."SCROLL DOWN FOR BREXIT LIVE UPDATES Furious fishermen begin their protest at St Helier Harbour (Image: ITV)6: 12am update: BBC Newsnight: MEP warns Scotland rejoining EU will have 'consequences' for blocScotland rejoining the EU would have “wide ranging implications” if they were to apply for membership as an independent nation, according to a Catalan separatist MEP.Professor Clara Ponsatí appeared on yesterday’s BBC Newsnight to discuss Spain’s crackdown on pro-independence movements in Catalan. When asked by Emily Maitlis whether Scotland would be welcomed to the EU, the MEP suggested it would be “a simple case”In the interview, Prof Ponsatí said an independent Scotland joining the EU could be significant for Catalan and other states calling for independence.She told Newsnight: “I do think if Scots were to deliver a verdict of independence, Brussels would concede Scotland’s candidacy as a simple case would say."She then suggested it would have “wide reaching implications, because if Scotland can have a referendum and the authorities in Brussels take that as an acceptable possibility, how come other peoples in Europe” cannot hold independence referendums.Ms Ponsatí added: “That would have consequences for sure.” Brexit live: Clara Ponsatí said on Newsnight Scotland rejoining the EU would have 'consequences' (Image: BBC)5: 08am update: EU blasted over claims Britain ‘outright’ banned jab exports – ‘cognitive dissonance’The EU has been criticised by a business expert who hit back at the European Council President Charles Michel’s claims Britain had "outright" banned exports of vaccines produced on its territory.Business journalist Allister Heath denounced the European Union’s “refusal” to see Britain’s victory in the vaccine race.Writing in the Telegraph, he likened Mr Michel’s ban claims to “imagined community,” a concept developed by political scientist Benedict Anderson.The journalist wrote: “The EU is a perfect example of what Benedict Anderson described as an imagined community.“Its foundational myths are that ever-closer union is what ensures peace, prosperity and the security of its citizens.“National self-government, by contrast, must lead to chaos, poverty and disease.”3: 27am update: EU hits out again at Australia over climate changeThe European Parliament will push ahead with a carbon levy against Australia and other high polluting countries as it underscores its climate policy.Climate Council spokesperson and economist, Nicki Hutley, said following the Parliament’s vote to impose tariffs on businesses with high carbon emissions: “Climate change is a global problem and everybody must share the load to address it.“Right now, Australia is not pulling its weight and the Europeans are going to punish us for it.”It follows Italy and the EU’s decision to restrict Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine exports to Australia after the bloc has struggled with its roll out of jabs. Brexit live: The European Parliament has voted to impose carbon tariffs on high-emission countries (Image: GETTY)2: 10am update: EU ramps up aid programme in response to coronavirusThe EU plans to step up its international aid plans to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in other countries.EU Humanitarian Aid commissioner Janex Lenarcic said to reporters: “Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high.“They are driven largely by the resurgence in conflicts, and they are combined with climate change, environmental degradation, population growth and failed governance. The COVID pandemic has only exacerbated this.”It comes after the UN estimates that over 235 million people will require humanitarian aid this year, an increase of 40 per cent from 2020, and a near tripling of estimated needs since 2014.1am update: They're getting it! Support for EU 'resembling Soviet Union' plummets – official pollJust six percent of EU citizens had a "very positive image" of the bloc, an official survey has indicated - even before the massive disruption caused by Brussels' chaotic coronavirus vaccine rollout.The survey, consisting of 92 questions, was undertaken jointly by the Commission – led by President Ursula von der Leyen – and the European Parliament in October and November of last year – prior to the problems which have characterised the EU’s vaccine strategy.Among other things it revealed: Just six percent of EU27 citizens hold a "very positive" image of the EUJust 41 percent said their image of the EU is "fairly positive"Just 34 percent of EU27 citizens believe the EU is going in the right directionTop concerns were migration (43 percent) and terrorism (39 percent) Brexit live: An official poll from the European Commission sees only 34 percent believe the bloc is (Image: GETTY)11: 20pm update: Frost issues threat to EU over 'hysterical' Brexit row – vows to 'defend UK vigorously'Lord David Frost has hit back at the EU after it threatened legal action against the UK.While speaking in the House of Lords, Lord Frost insisted the UK Government was determined to defend the UK vigorously.He was supported by Lord Caine who insisted the EU was behaving hysterically.Lord Frost said: "These measures are lawful and consistent with the progressive and good faith interpretation of the Northern Ireland Protocol."Lord Caine also called on Lord Frost to give more assurances that the UK would not back down to the EU.Dylan Donnelly takes over from Simon Osborne10.31pm update: US congress briefed on Brexit Northern Ireland rowEU Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic and Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney have briefed the US Congress' influential Irish-American caucus on Britain's unilateral change to Northern Irish Brexit arrangements.The fate of Northern Ireland, closely watched by US President Joe Biden, has been the most bitterly contested Brexit issue.While campaigning in the presidential election last year, Mr Biden bluntly warned Britain it must honour Northern Ireland's 1998 peace agreement as it withdrew from the EU or there would be no separate US trade deal.Boris Johnson agreed a protocol which left Northern Ireland aligned with the EU's single market for goods after Brexit, leading to checks on some items arriving there from elsewhere in the United Kingdom.Britain's unilateral extension of grace periods on checks last week has led to a promise of legal action from the EU and accusations from Ireland that its neighbour is not acting like a "respectable country". Joe Biden warned Britain it must honour Northern Ireland's 1998 peace deal (Image: GETTY)9.19pm update: Ireland warns Brexit trade row could threaten Northern Ireland peace processIreland's EU Affairs Minister has urged Britain not to jeopardise the Northern Ireland peace process in its dispute over post-Brexit trading arrangements with Brussels.Thomas Byrne warned unilateral action by the UK risked creating "problems" at a time when the peace process remained fragile.He spoke pout after the Government announced it was unilaterally extending a series of "grace periods" to allow businesses in Northern Ireland more time to adapt to post-Brexit rules.The move has infuriated Brussels which accused the UK of breaching commitments which Boris Johnson signed up to in the Northern Ireland Protocol of the EU Withdrawal Agreement.Mr Byrne said that any such actions in relation to the protocol - which is intended to ensure there is no return of a hard border with the Republic - could affect the peace process.He said: "The peace process is both precious and fragile. We can't afford to take risks with it."Unilateral action when it comes to Northern Ireland leads to problems."We have seen that over the years and we have seen that in recent times."It is absolutely essential that we don't risk anything in Northern Ireland."8.41pm update: Redwood lashes out at EU over UK single marketBrexiteer John Redwood has lashed out at Brussels bosses for disrupting the movement of goods between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland.He said: "The EU agreed to respect the UK’s single Market."It is important goods can travel easily between GB and Northern Ireland when they are part of our single market under our rules."7.29pm update: Nigel Farage explodes at Brussels double standards over Catalonia rowNigel Farage has blasted EU bias after Brussels stripped Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont of his diplomatic immunity because he is “Eurosceptic”.The former Brexit Party leader claimed that if Scotland held an unofficial referendum, as SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has hinted, its politicians would “never” lose their diplomatic immunity.His strongly-worded tweet came after the European Parliament voted to lift the immunity of the former Catalan president yesterday.The vote takes the extradition of Mr Puigdemont and two of his senior ministers a step closer.The three fled Spain in 2017 to avoid arrest in relation to their role in organising Catalan’s independence referendum.It was deemed illegal by a Spanish court and they have been the subject of European arrest warrants issued by Spain. Nigel Farage has accused the EU of double standards over Catalonia (Image: PA)6.33pm update: British entertainment industry struggling with 'no deal Brexit'A senior Tory MP has warned Britain' entertainment industry has been plunged into a no deal Brexit with touring performers and artists trying to travell and work in Europe facing visa restrictions and red tape.Solihull MP Julian Knight, chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: "Effectively the industry has had a no deal Brexit."We did not settle the issue of access for our creative people where we have an economic advantage over the EU with the EU prior to our departure, this is a major oversight."Shadow culture minister Kevin Brennan said: "The Chancellor's utterly complacent about the loss of export earnings to the UK that this continuing fiasco will bring."5.42pm update: Northern Ireland transport link dismissed as 'Brexit smokescreen'Northern Ireland's deputy First Minister has branded a transport link with Scotland a "smokescreen for the Brexit fallout".An official study has been announced to assess the feasibility of a bridge or tunnel between Northern Ireland and Scotland as part of a UK-wide connectivity review.The idea has previously been floated by both the DUP and Prime Minister Boris Johnson and there have been estimates it could cost up to £20 billion to build.But Michelle O'Neill dismissed it as a "pipe dream".With increasing anger among the unionist community about a so-called Irish Sea border with more checks on goods since Brexit was finalised, Ms O'Neill said the link with the UK is simply a "smokescreen for the Brexit fallout amongst the unionists who engineered it on both sides of the Irish Sea."Stormont transport minister Nichola Mallon also claimed the study is "politically motivated" and "more about bolstering the case for the Union ahead of the forthcoming Scottish elections".5.09pm update: Fishing chief shames 'smug' Jacob Rees-Mogg as fishermen 'thrown under bus'Jacob Rees-Mogg's"smug" response to the plight of Britain’s fishermen is indicative of the way the Government has “thrown the industry under a bus”, an angry trade association boss has claimed.Jeremy Percy, chairman of the New Under Ten Fishermen’s Association (NUFTA) which represents boats under ten metres in length, said: “The UK’s fishing industry has been thrown under the bus without a second thought, with Jacob Rees-Mogg encapsulating the Government’s apparent post EU exit lack of care or concern by smugly suggesting that we had got our fish back and that ‘they’re now British fish and they’re better and happier fish for it’.“Suitably translated, many within the industry read this as an extension of Johnson’s earlier comment to 'fbusiness' to now include fishermen.”4.11pm update: David Lidington urges Remainers to back Britain's post-Brexit successRemainers should get behind the Government to ensure Britain's post-Brexit success, according to Theresa May's former right-hand man Sir David Lidington.Sir David, who describes himself as an unrepentant Remainer, said the UK now had the potential to lead the world in pioneering sectors such as fintech, life sciences, artificial intelligence and genetic modification.He said Britain could move with more agility and creativity than its European Union rivals in the coming decade.Writing in The Times, Sir David said: "For better or worse, this country is now fully outside the European Union."Whether you were an enthusiastic supporter of Leave or, like me, an unrepentant Remainer, our focus now has to be on identifying and then implementing policies that will, in the world as it now is, best enable our country to succeed." David Lidington said Brexit had created opportunities for the UK (Image: PA)3.08pm update: Labour accuses Boris of provoking EULabour has accused Boris Johnson of "provoking" the European Union and warned such tactics would not solve the "complex" issues linked to new Irish trading arrangements.Ministers last week unilaterally extended grace periods limiting bureaucracy linked to the Northern Ireland Protocol, which governs trade post-Brexit, until October.But shadow Northern Ireland secretary Louise Haigh said the Government's unilateral response meant its "words cannot be trusted" by the EU and others.She told the Commons: "It raises serious questions about whether the Government has a strategy at all to deal with the complex realities facing Northern Ireland."Provocation is not a strategy and a stop gap is not a solution."This is an extraordinary position for a government to be in - having to break the law and trash Britain's international reputation to remove checks they claimed never existed."Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis defended the Government's "lawful" actions.Mr Lewis said the Government's position had been backed by a "range of businesses and the communities" in Northern Ireland.He said: "If we had not taken this action last week, we'd have seen disruption to food supplies in literally the next couple of weeks."2.23pm update: Another one in the bag! UK finalises £158m Brexit deal - first European state outside EUThe UK has signed a bumper trade agreement with Albania as Britain establishes closer ties with non-EU states.Ministers signed a £158m continuation deal with their Albanian counterparts to allow British business to trade independently outside of the bloc. Under the agreement ratified this week, it will ease tariffs on key imports and exports including minerals, fuels, electricity, textiles and shoes. 1.08pm update: 'We don't make donkeys racehorses!' Frexit leader shames EU after J&J delays announcementThe European Union vaccination fiasco was once again laid bare by the latest announcement of delivery delays by Johnson & Johnson, reigniting calls for member states to leave the bloc.Johnson & Johnson has told the European Union it is facing supply issues that may complicate plans to deliver 55 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the bloc in the second quarter of the year.The news angered politicians across the bloc and left Frexit campaigner Charles-Henri Gallois fuming at Brussels' incompetence. The Government is attempting to concessions from the EU over Northern Ireland (Image: GETTY)12.25pm update: Brexit panic - Boris urged tear up 'dangerous' EU deal as 'Brussels red tape' laid bareBoris Johnson has been urged to break away from the Brexit agreement with the EU on Northern Ireland, as the country may be stuck with the bloc's vaccination programme from January 2022.The leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV), Jim Allister, warned Northern Ireland risks being shackled to EU policy on medicines and vaccines from 2022.Urging Boris Johnson's Government to ensure no countries in the UK will have to endure the EU's vaccination strategy proven to be a fiasco, in the future, Mr Allister called for the controversial Brexit protocol to be ripped apart.11.19am update: Eurostar crisis - European officials beg UK for support as train operator faces collapseEurostar chiefs have begged UK ministers for help as the cash-strapped train operator faces collapse.Chiefs begged Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to help bail out the international train operator. It comes the Express understands the operator could become wholly European owned.The carrier, which runs services between London St Pancras and Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, carried 11 million passengers in 2019.But 95 percent of services were axed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and is on the verge of bankruptcy.One train a day is currently running on each of its routes for essential workers.10.20am update: EU revenge - Bloc to ban UK scientists from space project - 'Never seen anything like this' The European Commission has made plans to exclude British researchers from a major space project, sparking the outrage of the scientific community.According to a draft plan published by the EU executive, British scientists will be banned from contributing to research for the bloc's Horizon Europe space project.Swiss and Israeli scientists will also be excluded from the research plans. The Daily Express has been an enthusiastic Brexit supporter (Image: EXPRESS )09.12am update: EU to sue UK in heated Brexit row – Bitter eurocrats could trigger legal action TODAY Brussels is poised to slap Britain with legal action over its move to scrap EU red tape on Northern Ireland.EU states, led by France, backed plans set out last night by the bloc’s new Brexit chief Maros Sefcovic at a private meeting of senior diplomats.The Slovak Commission vice-president could launch formal legal proceedings as early as today, sources have told Express.co.uk.Eurocrats are furious that Downing Street has announced it intends to unilaterally delay the introduction of customs checks on supermarket and other agricultural goods shipped between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland.08.03am update: Furious Boris destroys EU lies as Brussels chief says UK has 'outright ban' on jab exportsThe UK has hit back at the EU after it again spread "false" information about Britain's vaccination programme.European Council President Charles Michel has sparked anger in Downing Street after claiming the UK has banned exports of coronavirus jabs.Criticising Britain's vaccines, he also said the EU had not blocked any vaccines from leaving the continent, despite last week banning a shipment on the AstraZeneca jab from Italy to Australia.07.30am update: UK to 'seize destiny as independent nation' – Liz Truss unveils new Brexit masterplanBrexit will deliver a wave of skilled high-paying jobs across the country under a blueprint for global trade drawn up by Liz Truss.The International Trade Secretary wants the UK to make the most of its newfound freedom by liberalising trading rules to boost areas that have been previously left behind.Nearly 90 per cent of world growth is expected to be outside the European Union over the next five years.A report by the Board of Trade, led by Ms Truss, calls for Britain to focus on securing trade deals with large, fast-growing economies outside Europe to reboot the economy after the pandemic.
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