Brexit LIVE: Johnson takes fishing war to EU with new £20m surveillance planes

The environment secretary George Eustice has warned that British firms exporting fish to the EU will face friction after the post-Brexit transition period ends. The surveillance aircrafts were originally hired for rescue missions and to monitor pollution. However, leaders have hired the planes to monitor the waters. 

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9.24am update: Contingencies should be put in place to mitigate delay to Brexit, says Baroness  

Baroness Hayter has said that contingencies must be put in place to mitigate the delay to Brexit negotiations as a result of the pandemic.

She wrote in Politics Home: “Given the complexity of the talks, with myriad subjects handled by different groups of officials who need near constant updates from each other, it is hard to imagine how Skype will fit the bill.

“Aside from re-scheduling the talks, there is the very real need for business to prepare for whatever outcome.

“Industry was already warning that help is needed for firms to prepare for life outside the EU. The Institute of Directors, noting the heavy costs of adjustment, regretted the absence of any such aid in the Budget.”

9.08am update: Coronavirus is ‘worst nightmare’ for Boris Johnson

Labour MP Wes Streeting said: “However politically painful it might be for the government, the impact of the coronavirus will reach far beyond the public health implications and into the heart of our economy.

”In good times, leaving the EU on the timetable announced by the government would be a challenge. Trying to stick to that timetable purely for political reasons would be irresponsible.”

8.56am update: Coronavirus puts Brexit talks on hold with EU

Scheduled Brexit talks have been cancelled because of the pandemic.

The meetings next week would have been the second round of negotiations on a free trade deal. 

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