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Battered by Brexit; COST OF TRADITIONAL FISH AND CHIPS TO RISE AFTER BRITAIN QUITS THE EU.

Byline: RICHARD WHEELER solihullnews@trinitymirror.com

THE price of fish and chips will go up after Britain leaves the EU, MPs have been warned.

The nation's traditional favourite will be battered by Brexit, the Commons was told.

Former minister Ben Bradshaw's warning came after his colleague Mel Onn, Labour MP for Great Grimsby, urged the Government to ensure the UK avoids "absolutely catastrophic" consequences for fishing jobs and industry.

Ms Onn said that Norway is always cited as an example of how British fisheries could thrive outside the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), although she highlighted concerns over its position.

"What isn't mentioned is the effect its position has had on the seafood processing sector," she said. "By opting out of the CFP, Norway has to accept losing market access in fisheries.

"This trade-off has seen the majority of its seafood processing sector relocate to the EU, with Britain being a substantial winner from that situation.

"Under the Norwegian agreement, it can sell fresh fish to EU countries with a minimal 2% tariff - but 13% on processed fish. Similarly, while we can currently buy fish from Norway and Iceland tariff-free, that may not be the case in just over a year's time.

"The minister must fight to ensure that this is not the outcome waiting for Britain after we leave the EU. It would be absolutely catastrophic for jobs and industry."

Mr Bradshaw, former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and ex-Health Minister added: "And more expensive fish and chips."

He was backed by Ms Onn, who added: "And more expensive fish and chips as Mr Bradshaw says..."

| France should have to buy British fish if it expects the UK to buy its wine and cheese, a Tory MP said.

Backbencher Sheryll Murray joined senior Tory Neil Parish in calling for a better system for UK fishermen after Brexit.

The South East Cornwall MP added: "Fishermen have always felt that their industry was sacrificed when we joined the then European Economic Community.

"It is therefore necessary that we have a separation of catch opportunity access, and access to the EU market. These are separate subjects.

Norway never let them be mixed. Indeed, there is no international precedent supporting economic reasoning to do this.

"For example, if France wants to sell us their wine and cheese, they must buy our fish. That's common sense."

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