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Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishemen’s Organisation accused the of a “grievous wrong” – and vowed to seek compensation from other members of the . The deal was confirmed yesterday, with hailing the agreement as one which takes back control of the UK’s “borders, laws, money, trade and fish”.

However, citing “a host of written commitments in official documents pertaining to the fisheries sector post-Brexit”, Mr O’Donoghue claimed more than four and a half years of agreements had “effectively been shredded” by negotiators Michel Barnier and Lord David Frost.

He added: “We cannot stand idly by and allow decades of investment in developing a successful enterprise, to be sacrificed by the shape of this very poor deal.

“In spite of a seismic effort to redress the imbalance of the proposed deal in recent days, not enough has changed and our highly-developed mackerel fishery stands to lose out dramatically.

“While the full detail of the text is not yet available, it will require very close examination and analysis.

“Make no mistake – we will be seeking compensation from our EU colleagues to put right this grievous wrong.

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Boris Johnson looks happy as he addresses the nation yesterday (Image: BBC)

Mr O’Donoghue added: “We won’t accept this. Moreover, we fully expect the Irish Government to deliver the requisite compensation in the form of transfer of mackerel quota from the other EU coastal states which pro rata, have seen a much less severe impact on their respective mackerel fisheries.”

His remarks are in contrast to comments last month, in which he very much stuck to the Brussels line.

In a statement issued on the KFO’s website, he said: “When you leave a club, you relinquish the privileges that were afforded to you when you were a member. It’s a simple as that.

“It is crystal clear, the 26 percent increase in fishing opportunities which was granted by the EU to the UK should end with UK membership.

“With Britain now playing hardball on fisheries and fighting to doubling its catch, the EU negotiators must clearly spell out that the starting point in any fisheries negotiations has to exclude any additional catches it obtained, as part of the EU.”

Speaking yesterday, Mr Johnson said: “While we made our fair share of compromises during the negotiations, we never wavered from the goal of restoring national sovereignty – the central purpose of leaving the EU.”

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EU countries most reliant on UK waters (Image: Express)

8.15am update:

Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade agreement with the EU has been ripped apart by Fishing for Leave, who said it appeared to be a “pretty dismal deal” for Britain’s long-suffering fishermen.

As details of the trade pact emerged, the group which represents fishermen issued a stern statement warning they were far from satisfied from what they had read so far.

They said: “Sadly, from what’s emerging, the trade deal treaty is far from a clean break to international normality/law.”

Fishing for Leave added: “The emerging details on what’s been agreed in relation to fishing would seem to be a cop-out to secure an overall pretty dismal deal, and that fishing communities who paid the ultimate price on the way in will get a poor settlement to pay for a deal on the way out.”

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8.10am update: Turkey welcomes trade deal

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Ankara welcomed the trade deal reached between Britain and the European Union.

The ministry said in a statement: “Turkey, having close relations with the UK in all fields, is also an EU candidate country and in customs union with the EU.

“We believe that this deal will provide Turkey with new opportunities in terms of its relations both with the EU and the UK.

“In this context, the preparations for signing of a Free Trade Agreement between the UK and Turkey have also reached its final stage.”

8am update:

Andrew Neil has issued a dire warning to the European Union, predicting the bloc could become a “backwater” in as little as 15 years.

The former BBC heavyweight said the EU could slip from prominence and be replaced by a booming Asian economy.

Mr Neil made the prediction in response to a Tweet from Jim Pickard, Chief Political reporter at the Financial Times.

Mr Pickard said the Brexit deal, agreed yesterday after months of wrangling, may silence the EU debate – but only temporarily.

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Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s former Taoiseach (Image: GETTY)

7.57am update: 

LEO Varadkar, former Prime Minister of Ireland, has said Brexit will “never be ‘done'” despite the UK and the EU finally agreeing to a trade deal on Christmas Eve.

Mr Varadkar, leader of Ireland’s Fine Gael party, expressed relief that a Brexit trade deal had been agreed and called the occasion “a sad but momentous day”.

However, he claimed “disputes will arise” in the future and said he believed there would be a need for further agreements.

The political leader said on Twitter: “Level playing field secured. UK will have to match EU standards to maintain access to full EU market.”

7.54am update: 

Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit deal with the European Union has been backed by Express.co.uk readers in a new poll.

Express.co.uk asked readers if they were happy with the Prime Minister’s Christmas Eve trade agreement with Brussels. Some 57 percent said yes, while 33 percent replied no, and 10 percent did not know.

Commenting on the poll, one reader said: “Remainers are livid so that’s a plus for me.”

Another wrote: “Watched Nigel Farage being interviewed and he seemed happy enough, so I’m happy enough!”

7.43am update: Irish fishing boss reacts angrily

Irish fishermen have reacted furiously after the UK and the EU struck their last-gasp trade deal yesterday – with the head of a prominent trade organisation claiming they had been “sacrificed” by Brussels.

Sean O’Donoghue, chief executive of the Killybegs Fishemen’s Organisation accused the EU of a “grievous wrong” – and vowed to seek compensation from other members of the EU27. The deal was confirmed yesterday, with Mr Johnson hailing the agreement as one which takes back control of the UK’s “borders, laws, money, trade and fish”.

However, citing “a host of written commitments in official documents pertaining to the fisheries sector post-Brexit”, Mr O’Donoghue claimed more than four and a half years of agreements had “effectively been shredded” by negotiators Michel Barnier and Lord David Frost.

He added: “We cannot stand idly by and allow decades of investment in developing a successful enterprise, to be sacrificed by the shape of this very poor deal.



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