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Ireland panic: Thousands of fishing jobs at risk over no deal Brexit, industry warns by LAURA O'CALLAGHAN July 31,2020   |  Source: Express

Ireland's fishing chiefs have warned of an "unmitigated disaster" if the UK and the EU cannot agree a trade deal before the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.

The country's fishing industry could see up to 5,000 jobs slashed if European trawlers are kicked out of Britain's rich waters, bosses have said. The warning comes after Brussels' chief negotiator Michel Barnier last week admitted that a deal looked "at this point unlikely" as he wrapped up a round of talks with David Frost in London.

The Killybegs Fishermen's Association which represents fishermen in County Donegal said a no-deal Brexit would have devastating consequences for the local economy.

The boundary where the UK's waters begin is just 25 miles from Malin Head, the most northerly point of mainland Ireland.

Local fisherman Ciaran Doherty and his family have fished in UK waters for four decades.

He said if the Brexit transition period ended without a free trade agreement in place, Ireland's fishing industry risked "closing".

Mr Doherty told RTE News: "Our business has been based for 40 years on accessing the UK waters.

"If on December 31 we have no access to UK waters, basically 60-70 percent of our fish is caught in UK waters, so basically it closes our industry."

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