Fish are better and happier now they are British, claims Rees-Mogg

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Fish in British waters are “better and happier” after Brexit, according to Jacob Rees-Mogg.

The UK Commons leader, responding to concerns from the SNP, told MPs: “What is happening is that the government is tackling this issue, dealing with it as quickly as possible, and the key thing is we’ve got our fish back.

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“They’re now British fish and they’re better and happier fish for it.”

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg (UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor)

Speaker Lindsay Hoyle intervened and noted: “Obviously there’s no overwhelming evidence for that.”

SNP Commons leader Tommy Sheppard earlier labelled it the “Brexit fishing disaster” and asked for a debate on compensation for the Scottish fishing industry.

He said: “Boats confined to harbour, lorry loads of seafood destroyed, the industry losing £1 million (€1.1 million) a day as firms go bust – all as a result of Brexit red tape imposed by this government.

“Yet when asked about this yesterday, the prime minister refused to answer.”

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