Brexit news – live: Raab claims trade deal is ‘great’ for fishermen as Cabinet accused of ‘corrosive’ culture

Andy Gregory
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The government has secured a “great deal” for the fishing industry in its post-Brexit trade agreement, Dominic Raab has insisted, rejecting the charge that ministers had “comprehensively betrayed” the industry amid an outpouring of anger and concern for its future.

Faced with warnings that the Scottish fishing industry is “drowning under red tape” and that generations-old firms could collapse in a matter of days, the foreign secretary claimed he was “not convinced” that the chaos was a result of Brexit.

It came Labour’s shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds accused Cabinet of harbouring a “corrosive” culture of not taking responsibility following the accidental deletion of hundreds of thousands of police records.

And Sir Keir Starmer told The Independent that bereaved families “deserve to know” when an independent inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic will begin, with the UK’s death toll nearing 90,000. Meanwhile, ministers are to propose new laws to protect colonial-era monuments, following the toppling of slave trader Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol.