Journalist Stephanie Hirst has warned of panic-buying for fish as tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol between the UK and the European Union
Journalist Stephanie Hirst has warned of panic-buying for fish as tensions over the Northern Ireland protocol between the UK and the European Union intensify. Former Brexit Secretary David Frost is to begin another round of talks with the EU over the protocol, which has been put in place after Brexit to avoid the introduction of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Channel 5 host Jeremy Vine said: “The ongoing issue of the Northern Ireland protocol- something’s gonna have to happen there.
“Stephanie, do you get your eyes glazed over there after a while?”
The broadcaster replied: “Yeah I’m fairly new to this.
“I mean obviously I know the history of Brexit and everything but this is quite fascinating to read.
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“But I do worry that the misinformation will start to spread on Facebook and people will start panic buying fish next.”
Fellow panellist Lowri Turner dismissed the warning, saying: “That would be good for their health.”
Mr Vine said: “I agree. It’s healthy.
“Because we don’t buy enough of our own fish.
“So that’s why we’re so dependent on exporting the fish we catch.”
Lord Frost delivered a speech from Portugal on Tuesday during which he demanded an overhaul of the protocol that was agreed by both sides.
The protocol is in place to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland
But it has been a point of fiction since the transition period ended on December 31, 2020.
Fourteen EU member states are also set to issue a joint warning to UK over reduced fishing rights.
They are backing France, criticising the UK’s handling of the fishermen’s licences.
France has been protesting for the past few weeks over the lack of licences given to French fishermen from the UK government last month.
In the statement, France, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Cyprus, Portugal, Lithuania, Sweden, Malta, Denmark, Italy, and Latvia will call for the UK to act “in the spirit and the letter” of the Brexit deal struck last Christmas Eve