Brexit LIVE: UK vindicated! Horrifying moment bloc’s ships ram each other in hunt for fish

Cork fishing protest flotilla heads towards River Lee

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Ireland’s Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) said the boat was “operating within the waters of Bantry Bay and therefore within Ireland’s 12-nautical mile limit”.

The crew of the Irish trawler caught the incident on camera.

During the course of the confrontation, the Irish skipper can be heard on VHF radio warning the Spanish ship to keep away, according to

Chief Executive of the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation, Patrick Murphy, said: “This was an attempt to force Irish boats off our own fishing grounds. It is intimidation.

“Our authorities must take action against this vessel acting extremely dangerously at sea and endangering life.

“It is appalling. This was a threat to life at sea, so action must be taken against the vessel which tried to do the ramming.

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“The Spanish boat should be arrested and stopped from fishing in Irish waters.”

In a statement, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) said: “The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority are aware of a situation that arose when a Spanish registered vessel was encountered by an Irish-registered vessel operating within the waters of Bantry Bay and therefore within the IRL 12-nautical mile limit.

“The situation continues to be closely monitored by the National Fisheries Monitoring Centre at the Naval Base, Haulbowline.”

The flare-up occurred on Friday, two days after Cork fishermen staged a demonstration against what they regard as their punitively small share of EU fishing quotas.


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7.10am update: Rule, Britannia! Boris approves £200million Brexit trade flagship – ‘Powerful symbol’

Boris Johnson has unveiled ambitious plans for a new, £200million national ‘Brexit’ flagship to succeed the Royal Yacht Britannia with the aim of promoting the UK brand across the world, in line with the Prime Minister’s Global Britain vision.

The vessel will be used to host trade fairs, ministerial summits and diplomatic talks as the UK seeks to build links and boost exports following Brexit.

It will be the first national flagship since Britannia, which was decommissioned in 1997.

However, the new vessel will be a ship rather than a luxury yacht.

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