Martin Laity is a shellfish merchant in Falmouth, Cornwall whose business has been devastated by Brexit. Since January he has seen a 99% drop in his business and has been forced to lay off 50 staff because of problems with paperwork and the inability to export his product to Europe. He lays the blame squarely on Brexit and its implementation, telling Byline TV his business was actually managing to continue trading and even seeing an uptick in sales despite Coronavirus. He voted Remain having foreseen problems of this nature but says he didn’t even expect the situation to be this dire. Now like many others in coastal towns, he is worried about the future for thousands of hard working fishermen who feel they have been thrown to the wolves.
You can watch this segment and more like it in this weeks Science & Politics with Mike Galsworthy. Dr Galsworthy also talks to an Essex based shellfisher about the problems with paperwork and why it isn’t fair to blame the EU for a policy the UK voted for before Brexit.