Dominic Raab said on Marr this morning that the fish exporting problems are nothing to do with Brexit.
From my investigation on the government website this morning it seems the systems are not in place.
Here's the problem: To export fish you need a catch certificate, and you get that from the Fish Export Service 'when it becomes available'.
So...... you can't export.
Here's what I found:
Take a look for yourself. All images taken from the gov.uk website at 17th January 2021, 11am.
1) You need a catch certificate: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/exporting-or-moving-fish-from-the-uk#catch-certificate
So click through to that page (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/create-a-uk-catch-certificate) and it says:
At the top:
It says to use the Fish Export Service to create a UK catch certifiate. And underneath that it says you can't do that until the Fish Export Service is available...
So looks like to me they can't export anything because of Brexit's new rules because the government systems are not in place...
Gary Smith, 17th January 2021 11AM
All images correct at time of going to press.