View all newsletters
Sign up to our newsletters

Support 110 years of independent journalism.

  1. Politics
  2. Brexit
21 March 2018updated 24 Jun 2021 12:24pm

The Brexiteers’ disastrous fishing protest on the Thames sums up Brexit perfectly

A botched hollow gesture with no contingency plan.

By Media Mole

In protest against the Brexit deal “betraying” fishermen, Brexiteers decided this morning to chuck some fish into the Thames.

But just in case you thought “symbolic fish dumping” by the likes of Nigel Farage was going to put you off your morning, there is a silver lining. Or liner. Because the boat they hired for the press conference didn’t ask TFL’s permission, so ringleader Jacob Rees-Mogg wasn’t allowed to board, and the boat was not permitted to dock at any pier.

Honestly, it’s as if they don’t things through, isn’t it? It’s as if they prefer grand gestures to actually planning for real-life consequences. Funny, that.

Anyway, in case you’re wondering why Tory MPs and assorted eurosceptics are flinging haddock, skate and bass from a box into the river, they’re angry at the transition deal struck by Brexit Secretary David Davis this week, because it would keep the UK in the loathed common fisheries policy (CFP) until the end of 2020.

It could lead to a Tory rebellion against the final withdrawal agreement in the Commons. But judging by their inability to organise a boat trip on a… boat, I wouldn’t be too worried if I were Theresa May.

Content from our partners
Data science can help developers design future-proof infrastructure
How to tackle the UK's plastic pollution problem – with Coca-Cola
The hard truth about soft skills

Select and enter your email address Your weekly guide to the best writing on ideas, politics, books and culture every Saturday. The best way to sign up for The Saturday Read is via The New Statesman's quick and essential guide to the news and politics of the day. The best way to sign up for Morning Call is via Our Thursday ideas newsletter, delving into philosophy, criticism, and intellectual history. The best way to sign up for The Salvo is via Stay up to date with NS events, subscription offers & updates. Weekly analysis of the shift to a new economy from the New Statesman's Spotlight on Policy team.
  • Administration / Office
  • Arts and Culture
  • Board Member
  • Business / Corporate Services
  • Client / Customer Services
  • Communications
  • Construction, Works, Engineering
  • Education, Curriculum and Teaching
  • Environment, Conservation and NRM
  • Facility / Grounds Management and Maintenance
  • Finance Management
  • Health - Medical and Nursing Management
  • HR, Training and Organisational Development
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Information Services, Statistics, Records, Archives
  • Infrastructure Management - Transport, Utilities
  • Legal Officers and Practitioners
  • Librarians and Library Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • OH&S, Risk Management
  • Operations Management
  • Planning, Policy, Strategy
  • Printing, Design, Publishing, Web
  • Projects, Programs and Advisors
  • Property, Assets and Fleet Management
  • Public Relations and Media
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Quality Management
  • Science and Technical Research and Development
  • Security and Law Enforcement
  • Service Delivery
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Travel, Accommodation, Tourism
  • Wellbeing, Community / Social Services
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.