Get a move on, Boris! Brexiteers demand MORE after 5yrs – as fishermen abandoned

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Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of the historic referendum on June 23, 2016. Brexit has been a lifetime’s ambition for many, but the reality remains very much in its infancy as the UK only officially left the bloc on December 31, 2020. The Brexit withdrawal agreement and trade deal helped the UK to become a sovereign nation once again and take back control of its money, laws and borders.

However, many argue the UK has not taken full advantage of being freed from the shackles of the bloc, according to a poll of Express.co.uk readers.

An online survey asked 37,742 readers: Did you think the UK would have more Brexit freedoms by now?

A huge 63 percent (23,635) of respondents believe the UK should be in a better position and voted “yes”.

Less than a third, 30 percent (11,450) disagreed and voted “no”.

Meanwhile, the remaining seven percent (2,657) remained unsure and said they did not know.

A number of readers let their opinions known in the comments section of the poll story.

One user wrote: “What do I think…. we’ve only been out 6 months. Things don’t evolve that quickly. It means constant negotiation and let’s face it, the French and the Germans are doing their best to scupper Brexit.”

Another said: “We had no need to negotiate when no deal gave us complete control of our future.”

A third said: “It was never going to be easy leaving the EU. Whether we went WTO or trade deal route it was going to be tough, and I always knew we could do it. That is why Great Britain is great.”

Fishing became one of the unexpected stumbling blocks and threatened to scupper the wider trade deal with the EU.

Britain negotiated its way out of the one-sided Common Fisheries Policy to the delight of British fleets, but many fishermen believe the new deal did not go far enough.

The UK will transfer 25 percent of EU quotas back to UK fleets over the next five years, with annual negotiations taking place on catch limits.

Another poll has found the majority of Express.co.uk readers do not think British fishermen were given a fair deal.

The second online survey asked: Have UK fishermen got a fair deal under Boris’s Brexit agreement?

The results found 60 percent (22,631) of respondents believed UK fishermen did not get what they deserved and voted “no”.

Just 18 percent (6,995) believed UK fleets did get a good deal and voted “yes”.

Meanwhile, the other 22 percent (8,156) remained unsure and said they did not know.

Brexit has enabled the UK to strike free trade deals around the world, enforce an Australian-style points-based immigration system as well as delivering a world-beating coronavirus vaccination programme.

Meanwhile, Brexiteers could be about to get more from the Brexit deal as the UK presses ahead with seeking changes to the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol, a mechanism that ties Belfast to EU regulations in order to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has today said the Protocol is “not sustainable” and stressed “there has to be” changes.

Earlier today, Boris Johnson marked the fifth anniversary of the EU vote and vowed to “seize the true potential” of leaving the bloc for the whole of Britain.

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He said: “This Government got Brexit done and we’ve already reclaimed our money, laws, borders and waters.

“Now as we recover from this pandemic, we will seize the true potential of our regained sovereignty to unite and level up our whole United Kingdom.

“With control over our regulations and subsidies, and with freeports driving new investment, we will spur innovation, jobs and renewal across every part of our country.

“The decision to leave the EU may now be part of our history, but our clear mission is to utilise the freedoms it brings to shape a better future for our people.”

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