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Fishermen can apply to either of two “tie-up” periods between mid-October and the end of November.

Northern Ireland’s fishing fleet is to be offered money to stop fishing as markets for its produce shrink due to Covid.

A £1.7m pot is available to fishermen who wish to stop fishing for six weeks.

They can apply to either of two “tie-up” periods between mid-October and the end of November.

The closure of pubs, restaurants and workplaces across Europe has seen a big reduction in demand for full prawns and scampi – NI’s main exports.

The cash will help will crew costs, mortgage payments on boats, insurance and harbour fees.

Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots came to Portavogie harbour in County Down to announce the scheme.

Eighty per cent of the cash is from an EU fund, the rest is match funding from the executive.

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Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots announced the scheme in Portavogie

This is the second cash scheme for the fishing industry. The last one in April was entirely executive-funded.

The assistance has been welcomed by the two main fish producing organisations.

They said it would enable them to control supply and shore up prices while they waited for markets to recover.

About £400,000 of the cash is for smaller boats that fish predominately for crabs.

The bulk will cover larger boats which mostly land prawns.

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Boris Johnson will demand that the increasingly isolated French president, Emmanuel Macron, caves in to UK demands on fishing as the price for a trade and security deal at a key meeting with the European commission president on Saturday.



Boris Johnson wearing a hat and glasses: Photograph: Reuters


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The prime minister will speak to Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday afternoon in a video-conference call to “take stock of negotiations and discuss next steps”.

Johnson said he was “pretty optimistic” a Brexit deal could be reached. The prime minister told the Daily Telegraph the prospects of securing a deal by the end of the year to avoid an abrupt separation “are very good if everybody just exercises some common sense and looks at the deal that is there to be done”.



Boris Johnson wearing a hat and glasses: Boris Johnson, seen here during a visit to Grimsby fish market in December, hopes to win concessions on fisheries in trade negotiations with the EU.


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Boris Johnson, seen here during a visit to Grimsby fish market in December, hopes to win concessions on fisheries in trade negotiations with the EU.

Johnson will feel strengthened by comments from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Friday, when she described the fisheries deal struck by Britain with Norway this week as a “constructive indicator”.

British officials argue that Norway, a non-EU member state, which conducts annual negotiations with the bloc on fishing quotas, should be the model for a post-Brexit deal on shared stocks.

“I don’t think that’s a bad message at all for us, I think it is rather one that shows that one can find ways to come to an agreement,” Merkel said of the agreement between London and Oslo.

Von der Leyen said on Friday that the most contentious issues, including fisheries and the control of domestic subsidies, remained “completely open”. The EU now expects a deal to materialise only in late October or early November.

In a statement, the UK’s chief negotiator,