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The Brexit shellfish fiasco, explained

The shellfish industry between the EU and the UK was a textbook case of supply and demand working perfectly—Brexit has complicated that, and livelihoods are on the line

By Jason Murugesu  

Mussel farmers have been unable to sell their produce to the EU since Brexit. Photo: amer ghazzal / Alamy Stock Photo

You have probably heard a lot about shellfish in recent weeks. You probably have a vague idea that the news stories have something to do with Brexit and have an inkling that this all comes down to the incompetence of politicians. 

Nevertheless, the full impact of the fiasco will not be felt by politicians—rather, it will be felt by shellfish farmers all across the country. In simple terms, leaving the EU meant Britain would have to play by new rules when exporting shellfish into Europe. As of January this year, farmers have been largely unable to sell shellfish such…

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